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Buried in the news of Ally McCoist’s tepid press conference was word that Lee Wallace was ready to return on Saturday against Livingston. Gone will be the bizarre defensive alignment of the last few weeks & hopefully Wallace’s return will shepherd in Bilel Mohsni’s removal from the back four.
It is unlikely McCoist will do much to shake up the lineup, though. The givens are – a 4-4-2, the inspiring duo of Nicky Law & Ian Black will be the first names on the team sheet, & Lee McCulloch will be called upon to captain the team.
Given that – it’s time for a new approach to Rangers attack. The team has been slow & plodding of late, meaning you would assume that it’s time to add some quickness & pace to the frontline. Swapping Kris Boyd & Jon Daly does not do that. As tempting as it would be to let Boyd play himself out of his slump, there is a feeling that his form may not bounce back anytime soon. The results so far this season has tabbed Kenny Miller & Nicky Clark as the most productive forwards in the side, so give them a chance to play alongside each other.
Lastly, there have been some calling for Lee Robinson to replace Steve Simonsen, who doesn’t necessarily ooze confidence in goal. The argument is that Robinson’s distribution would be have a little more nuance then Simonsen’s blind punts up the pitch. The problem is that Robinson is little more than an average goalkeeper & wouldn’t be a marked improvement over Simonsen – who to his credit has made some clutch saves of late.
So here’s my lineup for Saturday…not my ideal lineup but one made through the lens of McCoist’s conservative approach. Regardless, players like Foster, Boyd, Daly, & Shiels should return to the bench to open up opportunities for the likes of Clark & Sebastien Faure – who you may recall played reasonably well last season.
What would be your lineup against Livingston look like?
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