Talk of Twitter, Facebook and pubs right now among Bears is Rangers’ starting XI tomorrow for the first league Old Firm encounter since 2012.
The hype around this match has reached fever pitch and rarely has an Old Firm clash been this eagerly anticipated, but one thing fans rarely seem to be able to agree on is who should don the Light Blue at Parkhead.
Some of the positions do select themselves; guaranteed starters are Foderingham, Wallace, Tavernier, McKay and possibly Miller, but picking the rest is proving a very tricky task.
Here is your Ibroxnoise XI, the team we think would stand the best chance at Celtic Park tomorrow.
Tavernier, Senderos, Wilson, Wallace.
Quite simply it is the strongest defence Rangers have; Wilson is not fully fit, but Kiernan has been catastrophic for too long now, and it is no coincidence some of the most solid Rangers have been this season (Stirling away) did not feature him at the back. Wilson and Senderos is the only duo Rangers can come close to trusting.
Barton, Halliday, Forrester.
Rangers need a hard working, powerful, industrious midfield which will bleed for the club and be able to play a bit. Barton was signed for this kind of occasion, and must step up. Halliday was a monster at Hampden and knows what Rangers means, while Forrester is Rangers’ most in-form player this season and would consider himself dreadfully unfortunate not to start.
Windass, Miller, O’Halloran.
You read that right – no Barrie McKay. The wee man was an absolute revelation last season but has been rank poor this campaign. Windass was wonderful in his few cameos and will be aching at the bit to play tomorrow – he will not last the 90, and that is where McKay will come in, to show he needs to start earning his place by coming on. Miller is a big-time player and always delivers on these occasions, while O’Halloran’s every appearance this season has impressed and his pace could really hurt Celtic’s back line.
The only caveat would be Kranjcar for Forrester to help feed O’Halloran with that right peg of his, but that is a weigh up.
So, your Ibroxnoise side:
Feel free to reply with your own XIs.