Attacker axed in Caixinha 3-5-2: Rangers best possible XI v Hamilton
By James Black
Rangers must make three changes to their starting line-up for the trip to Hamilton on Friday night if Pedro Caixinha is to field his best available team.
The Gers should move to a three-man defence with Bruno Alves returning to partner Ross McCrorie and Fabio Cardoso in a new-look back-line.
On-loan full-back Declan John must return to Caixinha’s starting XI at the expense of Northern Irish international Lee Hodson after missing Saturday’s 2-0 Old Firm defeat to Celtic.
Hodson had a torrid 90 minutes against Celtic and struggled to have any impact on the game whatsoever.
Attacker Josh Windass and summer signing Daniel Candeias would also need to be axed to make way for a tactical reshuffle with John and James Tavernier operating as wing-backs in a 3-5-2 formation.
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In midfield, the trio of Graham Dorrans, Ryan Jack and Carlos Pena would be key to Rangers controlling the pace of the game as they look to get their title challenge back on track after last weekend’s defeat.
Colombian striker Alfredo Morelos should be partnered by the returning Eduardo Herrera with the forward duo needing a run of games together to build any resemblance of a partnership.
Morelos will be eager to get back on the goal trail again after failing to score in his last two outings for the Gers.
The 20-year-old has been a revelation since his summer move from HJK Helsinki over the summer and is currently the top scorer in the Scottish Premiership.
The Gers currently trail leaders Celtic by eight points in the Scottish Premiership and a win over Hamilton would see them leapfrog St. Johnstone and Hibernian into third place in the table.
Caixinha is coming under pressure from fans after some poor results and needs to guide his side to three points against Hamilton or face possibility of being out of a job before too long.