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30th Nov, 2016 | 9:55pm

Warburton must change system: Three things we learned from Rangers loss to Hearts

By Will Butcher

Football Insider analyses three talking points from Rangers’ 2-0 loss to Hearts in the Scottish Premiership.

Warburton must change formation

Mark Warburton’s tried and trusted system of 4-3-3 is beginning to come apart at the seams. Without a player connecting the midfield and the attack, the Gers struggled to get the ball into centre-forward Joe Dodoo who remained a spectator throughout the match. Former Brentford boss Warburton would benefit from changing to a system that includes an attacking midfielder. In Harry Forrester, the Gers already have the perfect man to fill the gap in between midfield and attack, allowing the 54-time Scottish champions to play with more freedom and success.

A left-winger is needed

Playing veteran Kenny Miller on the left side of the attack nullifies the ex-Scotland international’s goal threat. The 36-year-old struggled to get involved in the game from out wide, as Joe Dodoo was preferred to start up front against Hearts. With Miller ineffective from the left, Warburton should seriously consider bringing in Barrie McKay in place of the ex-Celtic forward or changing to a formation where Miller could partner Dodoo up front.

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Waghorn should be given second chance

Martyn Waghorn has failed to feature for the Gers since November 6, but should be given a chance back in the side as the Gers desperately search for goals. Waghorn has scored eight goals in 14 league and cup games this season, while scoring 28 goals in 36 games last season. His ability to find the back of the net is just what Warburton’s side needs, as the likes of Joe Garner, Kenny Miller and Joe Dodoo struggle to find the net on a regular basis.

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