Rangers travel to Celtic Park on Sunday looking to get another big win against their rivals this season.
Steven Gerrard’s men won 1-0 at Ibrox in December – a result that many believed would lead to a title race between the teams.
But Rangers have struggled to find consistency since and go into Sunday’s game against Celtic 10 points behind their rivals in the Scottish Premiership table.
Gerrard will have some big decisions to make due to poor form and the international break coming into this game.
Here’s what we predict his starting XI will be:
Why Halliday?Embed from Getty Images
It’s simple – Halliday is currently more reliable than Borna Barisic at left back. The Croatian full-back has looked good in fits and starts since joining the club in the summer, but it’s the midfield-turned-left-back who has produced more consistent performances. In such a big game where Gerrard needs to 100% trust those who start, we reckon he’ll opt for Halliday.
Why McCrorie?Embed from Getty Images
Glen Kamara has been a regular in the Rangers team since joining the club from Dundee in January – much to the surprise of many. The Finnish international has looked very good in the games he’s played too, but that still hasn’t helped much in recent disappointing results. Significantly, the last time the sides met, it was a midfield of Ryan Jack, Scott Arfield and Ross McCrorie that got the job done and that should be fresh in the mind of Gerrard when he picks his team. Celtic at Celtic Park is a much different proposition so Gerrard may feel the hard work and power of McCrorie is a better fit for this.
Why Candeias?Embed from Getty Images
Candeias can count some of his better performances coming against Celtic and he’s the clear option to start out right. Kieran Tierney is only just back from injury at left back for the Hoops so the Portuguese should see this as good a time as any to ask him some serious questions.
Don’t agree? What would your XI be?