Rangers supporters in the Transfer Tavern are eagerly anticipating their side’s Scottish Cup semi-final clash with Old Firm rivals Celtic on Sunday, with the Gers seeking to reach the final for the second time in three years.
Graeme Murty’s men were beaten 3-2 by Hibernian in the showpiece event back in 2016 before going down 2-0 to Brendan Rodgers’ Bhoys at the last four stage 12 months ago, thus they’ll be looking to exact some revenge against their Glasgow rivals. And the Light Blues go into Sunday’s clash off the back of an impressive 4-0 victory over Dundee in their most recent Scottish Premiership encounter, so confidence will be high among the Rangers squad that they can bring to an end Celtic’s treble hopes at Hampden Park this weekend.
As such, there are many excited and optimistic Gers fans in the Tavern at present, although they are very much wary of the dangers posed by Rodgers’ side given they got the better of the Light Blues in the league just a matter of weeks ago.
And some of our resident Rangers supporters are speculating upon what changes Murty may seek to make to his starting eleven, with many of the opinion that Kenny Miller should make way for £630,000-rated attacker Josh Windass (as per Transfermarkt), if the latter is passed fit.
Ultimately, 38-year-old Miller enjoyed a solid outing at Ibrox last weekend in netting the opener for Murty’s side, although that was his first start since December and as such it remains to be seen whether he can back that up with another fine showing against Celtic.
And given Windass’ efforts for Murty’s side this term, he simply must return to the starting XI if passed fit.
The 24-year-old has enjoyed an outstanding campaign in netting 17 goals and laying on eight assists in 37 appearances in all competitions, five goals of which coming in their three Scottish Cup games en route to the semi-finals.
And with six goals in his seven Scottish Premiership matches preceding injury, the Englishman was in fine form prior to the calf injury that kept him out of last weekend’s victory over Dundee – ultimately, he has been one of Rangers’ best attacking players this season.
And against a Celtic side which have conceded just 21 goals in their 33 league games this term, and just two en route to the last four of the Scottish Cup, the Gers will need their best players to be at their best to get through Rodgers’ backline on Sunday.
Significantly, Windass has already caused the Bhoys defence problems this season by netting in the 3-2 reverse last month, and while he didn’t then push on after scoring the opener in that clash at Ibrox, he’ll surely be raring to go after a week out with injury.
Thus, should the 24-year-old be passed fit to start on Sunday, he should do just that by coming into the side at the expense of Miller.
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