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Rangers selection ladder - who are the most important players for the Gers right now?

Who should be the first names on the Rangers teamsheet?

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Ahead of wondering what our team might be for the weekend, it's time to keep tabs on who the most important players in the side are right now. So, we present to you the Rangers selection ladder.

It's simple stuff - basically, number one is the first name on the teamsheet, number two is the second, and so on. It shows who's in undroppable form right now, and who's at risk of finding themselves left out.

This is all subjective, of course. Feel free to disagree...

1. Wes Foderingham

Not just number one due to the position he plays, but our most consistent performer this season, and probably the best too. Having a quietly outstanding year.

2. Barrie McKay

McKay would've been number one for the vast majority of last season, but after a fall he's skyrocketed back up to the top. When he's on form, he's simply unplayable, and nobody else in the squad can approach his quality of passing and creativity.

3. Rob Kiernan

Surprisingly cemented his place at the heart of defence. Danny Wilson was excellent against Hearts too, but Clint Hill is competing for his position, and Kiernan has been solid for a while.

4. Joe Garner

He's not scoring, and he's dividing opinion somewhat, but somebody has to play up front, and he's by far the best qualified to do so right now. A huge help to less physical players nearby such as McKay and Jason Holt, too.

5. Andy Halliday

Halliday has improved his form slightly, although he's still totally unsuited to being the deepest midfielder. Nonetheless, all out other fit midfielders are even less qualified. Will be interesting to see if he can actually keep his place when he'd be preferred in his best position as a box-to-box midfielder given our options there.

6. Lee Wallace

His position gives him most of his authority here, but Wallace is another player who has quietly cut out some of his mistakes and improved his form, even if he should be doing better in the opposition half.

7. Danny Wilson

An outstanding display against Hearts in contributions at both end of the pitch, Wilson has probably edged himself ahead of Hill despite the veteran's recent good displays, in part due to how much more effective our pressing is when our centre-backs aren't quite so slow.

8. Lee Hodson

Certainly taken James Tavernier's place at right-back for now, although he doesn't seem to have been truly tested thus far. Still faces a fight to hold onto his place in the team but solid in the past two games.

9. Jason Holt

A small climb back up the list after a good performance against Hearts after weeks of anonymity.

10. Clint Hill

In fine form, but probably displaced by Wilson and Kiernan.

11. Kenny Miller

Undergoing a dip in form, but still a Warburton favourite and likely to start.

12. James Tavernier

An alarming fall from grace, as Tavernier probably wouldn't have been out of the top two spots of this list from the day he signed up until very recently. His move to midfield might prove useful as he looks like he could be a serious goal threat there, but it surely can't be a permanent solution?

13. Michael O'Halloran

Stock rose in his absence, then briefly flickered when he was in the team, but his lack of end product has been laid bare.

14. Josh Windass

Showing flashes of brilliance, but continually injured and yet to truly impose himself on a game.

15. Harry Forrester

Showed decent form off the bench, but not the player Rangers need right now, particularly with McKay in sparkling form.

16. Joe Dodoo

One of those players who will either score a hat-trick or do absolutely nothing. There's no way to know which. Might continue to get late cameos from the bench, but he's in an awkward position right now.

17. Martyn Waghorn

Looked excellent off the bench against Aberdeen, was woeful off the bench against Hearts. If Waghorn isn't getting goals, he's not contributing - he can do other things, but his ridiculous one-footedness is a constant source of frustration and has made him extremely predictable. He would probably be the best striker in the league if he had a right foot.

18. Liam Burt

Got on the bench for Hearts and looked to have a chance of getting more serious game time, but perhaps his presence scared Holt into improvement. Should still get some gametime this season, and it'll be interesting to see what he can do.

19. Matt Gilks

Never really put a foot wrong in the games he's played, but his real job - to give Foderingham a boot up the arse - has been performed to perfection.

20. Matt Crooks

A physically dominant midfielder who can tackle is exactly what Rangers need in their midfield right now. Crooks is proving alarmingly unable to be that man.

21. Jordan Rossiter

Could well be catapulted upwards, but impossible to judge right now given his recent injury problems. A couple of Under-20s games expected before we see him in the first team again.

22. Philippe Senderos

Let's just hope those higher estimates of his wages were well off the mark.

23. Fraser Aird

With Hodson's reliability, impossible to really see a place for him in the side. Surely not long for the exit door.