Senior duo axed in Caixinha 4-4-2: Rangers best possible XI to face Dundee
By James Black
Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha needs to make two changes to the side that beat Ross County 3-1 if he is to field his strongest possible XI for the visit of Dundee this weekend.
Veteran stars Kenny Miller and Niko Kranjcar must be replaced with Eduardo Herrera and Josh Windass as Caixinha’s side look to build on their best performance of the season so far.
37-year-old Miller has been a key player for Rangers in recent years but the 69-times-capped striker is affecting the way Caixinha’s side play by regularly dropping deep and leaving his strike partner isolated further up the pitch.
After grabbing his first goal for the club in the win over County, Herrera needs to be given the chance to form a partnership with prolific Colombian Alfredo Morelos as Caixinha’s summer signings start to bed in.
Herrera has shown flashes of his ability so far and a run of games alongside Morelos should give the 29-year-old an opportunity to grab a few more goals and find his feet in Caixinha’s starting XI.
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Former Accrington Stanley midfielder Windass has had a bright start to the season after leaving fans disappointed with his performances last season.
Windass has forced his way into Caixinha’s plans and, before picking up an injury against Hearts a few weeks ago, had made the left wing berth his own so far this season.
After replacing Windass for the trip to Ross County, it’s clear that Kranjcar doesn’t have the physical attributes to be effective down the left and is better suited to playing as a ‘number 10’ just behind the main striker.
The former Spurs and Portsmouth midfielder will probably find himself relegated to impact sub as the season continues as he is still one of the few players at Ibrox with the intelligence and invention to open defences up with a flash of brilliance.
In other Rangers news, Kenny Miller has been blown away by one of the club’s signings.