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15th Apr, 2018 | 2:05pm

Murty springs masterstroke with surprise Rangers decision to keep Celtic stalwart silent


Rangers manager Graeme Murty has sprung something of a surprise by boldly throwing Andy Halliday into the starting XI to face Celtic in Sunday’s Scottish Cup semi-final clash with Celtic – and it could well be a masterstroke to help silence the Bhoys’ Scott Brown in midfield.

The Hoops captain is an integral part of how Rodgers’ side control games, often dropping deep into a sweeper-like position and dictating the tempo of the game but the introduction of Halliday in what looks like a reshaped Gers midfield gives them someone who can get in the Celtic captain’s face.

Halliday did a fantastic job of keeping the former Scotland star quiet when the Gers last won against their bitter rivals and will be desperate to repeat the feat this time around and help the Light Blues to the Scottish Cup final.

Alongside Graham Dorrans and Greg Docherty, Halliday will need to ensure the Gers don’t allow Celtic to play the game who they want to and spend much of the afternoon looking to win the ball back or it will be a long 90 minutes for the Gers midfield.

Docherty and Halliday both have the engine to really cause problems for Celtic and allow Dorrans to get forward in support of the Light Blues attack and avoid equalling a 107-year-old club record for the longest run without lifting a major trophy.

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