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30th Dec, 2016 | 9:16am

Why Warburton will be punished when he starts out-of-favour Rangers player v Celtic

COMMENT By Dominic Toner

Rangers manager Mark Warburton may be forced to throw Philippe Senderos into the starting line-up against Celtic on Saturday and will pay the price for his exile this season.

The 31-year-old defender has made just two appearances this campaign for the Gers and has not featured since the 1 October against Partick in the league.

The centre-back endured a nightmare debut against Celtic in the 5-1 defeat during September and has not been seen in the team since the Partick match.

Warburton may be forced to turn to Senderos on Saturday as he has a number of injury setbacks in defence and will be punished for ignoring the centre-back this season.

Rangers pair Lee Wallace and Clint Hill are facing a battle to prove their fitness against Celtic, meaning that Warburton will be forced to change his backline against league leaders and Old Firm rivals Celtic.

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Senderos has rightly fallen down the Rangers pecking order after making a slow start at Ibrox, but he was even left out of the club’s League Cup matches.

The ex-Arsenal defender has bags of top-flight experience and has not had the opportunity to prove himself in the first-team after a slow start.

He could now be facing two of the league’s most feared strikers in Moussa Dembele and Leigh Griffiths, but he will go into that match with no match sharpness.

Senderos was exposed by the pace of the Celtic attackers in the last meeting and could be set for another tough examination.

Celtic are absolutely cruising domestically and have won 18 of their 19 league games, with the only points they dropped away to Inverness in a 2-2 draw.

Brendan Rodgers’ side will be hoping to inflict further damage on their great rivals Rangers following the 5-1 humiliation in the last league meeting and will surely target the vulnerable Senderos.

In other Rangers news, the club’s supporters reacted on Twitter to Joe Garner’s performance against St Johnstone.