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Predicting Rangers XI For Cup Semi-Final v Celtic

Predicting Rangers XI For Cup Semi-Final v Celtic

Rangers will go up against Celtic on Sunday with revenge at the front of their minds after their 5-1 loss at Parkhead last month.

Mark Warburton’s men were second best in every department to a strong Hoops team that day and deservedly lost.

But they’ve bounced back from that well, losing just once in their five games since and appearing to improve without the suspended Joey Barton in their team.

With Barton banned, he’s one who definitely won’t be involved at Hampden in the Betfred Cup semi-final on Sunday.

But Warburton could spring a surprise or two. Here, rangersnewsfeed.com‘s Kyran Wallace picks his XI:

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Definite starters: Wes Foderingham, Lee Wallace, Clint Hill, James Tavernier, Andy Halliday, Jason Holt, Barrie McKay, Martyn Waghorn and Kenny Miller.

Danny Wilson over Rob Kiernan

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This is the first talking point, with fans appearing frustrated with Kiernan this season. He was particularly poor against Celtic last month and hasn’t been particularly convincing since. Moussa Dembele punished him for some slack passing going forward and his defending was poor. So Rangers can’t afford a repeat. Wilson is struggling with injury so that may make Warburton’s decision easy, but we’d have Wilson over Kiernan to partner Hill at the back.

Josh Windass over Harry Forrester or Niko Kranjcar

Windass was just about the only positive from the defeat at Celtic Park. He showed why Warburton moved to tie him down early last season and it’s just a shame injuries have denied us of more quality performances before and after that game. Forrester is a brilliant player who has had a good campaign so far, while Kranjcar showed in the victory over Inverness last week that he can have a big impact on the team. But we’d have Windass over Forrester, and would rather not repeat the poor performance Kranjcar put in from the start against Celtic last month.

What would your starting XI be?

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