While Gers skipper Lee Wallace’s fitness has forced Warburton’s hand, it appears fans are unwilling to accept that Martyn Waghorn has been benched for the game at Ibrox.
The former Wigan Athletic striker has scored 10 goals in 19 appearances for the Gers this season, however seven of those strikes have been in the League Cup.
Yet, despite Waghorn’s inconsistent streak in front of goal, most fans favoured the 26-year-old over former Preston star Joe Garner who starts against the Hoops:
Rangers dead before a ball is kicked without dodoo and waghorn.
— Jamie Thomas. (@YoungSteezz8) December 31, 2016
Wouldn't have went with the same team from Wednesday #Rangers
— David Aitken (@1983Peewee) December 31, 2016
No waghorn ?
— Shaun Kerr (@shaunkerr1690) December 31, 2016
Waghorn no starting??
— JM1 (@Mckie_72) December 31, 2016
Waghorn dropped again ?
— Richy (@RJB__29) December 31, 2016
hodson and Waghorn no starting? warburton has not got a clue man
— Darren Farquhar (@DarrenFarquhar7) December 31, 2016
IMO our two best Goalscoring threats are Waghorn and Forrester. Neither see enough game time.
— Rangers Culture (@RangersCulture) December 31, 2016
@RangersFC No Waghorn, no Hodson…Sebo is turning out to be a better buy than Garner!
— Damo (@DSCO89) December 31, 2016
If we do anything today, without Lee Wallace, it'll be one of the great results. Major, major blow.
— Alex Anderson (@FatEck) December 31, 2016
3 at the back… Forrester and Waghorn on the bench, pic.twitter.com/d83Av8rs7Y
— Snoop (@snoop_1872) December 31, 2016
No waghorn? This is fucking ridiculous. What the fuck does Holt do to merit a place?
— Ricky Jamilah Bobby (@HayWireGer) December 31, 2016
What does Martyn Waghorn have to do to start one of these games ffs ? https://t.co/TFFKg6eWNu
— Raf Khan (@RafKhan9) December 31, 2016
Would rather have godson in than tavernier, the mans a liability at the back, and would have played waghorn before miller.
— Shaun Grumoli (@Ciconni52) December 31, 2016
I thought we were resting the likes of Hodson, Waghorn mid week now we've the same team that couldnt beat st johnstone.
— Craig (@Bluenose1402) December 31, 2016
Waghorn should be starting over garner with current form?
— thegingerthattans (@StefanH95) December 31, 2016
Warburton admitted earlier this week that Rangers will struggle to compete with Celtic in the coming years due to financial restrictions, however this game is surely a must-win for a team that are 16 points behind their bitter rivals.
Meanwhile, Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers has caused a bit of a stir in the opposite dugout, by benching Leigh Griffiths and Patrick Roberts.