COMMENT By Will Butcher
Graeme Murty has been left with a selection headache ahead of Rangers’ Old Firm clash against Celtic on Sunday.
The Scottish FA reported on their website that Kiernan’s appeal against a two-match ban received for a red card after being sent off against St. Johnstone had been dismissed.
Interim boss Murty now has a decision on his hands, as Kiernan was expected to start in the middle of his defence against Brendan Rodgers’ side.
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The former Liverpool centre back is the most likely option for Murty to consider against Celtic, as he looks to fill the void left by Kiernan alongside veteran Clint Hill. Wilson has been dogged by injuries this season which have prevented him from becoming a regular in the 54-time Scottish champions’ side, but could be thrown in at the deep end in an attempt to stop the likes of Moussa Dembele and Scott Sinclair. Known for his aerial ability as well as a decent amount of pace at the back, Wilson could play an instrumental part in an unlikely Rangers win.
Slightly less likely, the Switzerland international has been ostracised since his move to Ibrox in the summer after being sent off in his debut against Old Firm rivals Celtic back in September. Losing 5-1 to the Hoops, Senderos was embarrassed by French wonderkid Dembele who scored a hat-trick in his first Old Firm derby. However, the former Arsenal stopper could be brought back in with something to prove against the Hoops on Sunday despite making just four appearances all season.
Murty could opt to change his formation to accommodate the loss of Kiernan, as well as fielding a more defensive-minded side to cope with Celtic’s attacking stars. Bringing Wilson into the side alongside veteran Clint Hill, former Reading defender Murty could push captain Lee Wallace into a more central role. That would see Northern Ireland international Lee Hodson play as a left wing back, with James Tavernier lining up on the other flank. Three central defenders could prove successful in looking after Dembele, as the Gers look to end Celtic’s winning run of 17 matches.
In other Rangers news, fans have reacted on Twitter to Kiernan’s upheld ban.