Rangers have two additional players to choose from since the addition of Jon Toral and Emerson Hyndman, and the teamsheet is becoming increasingly unpredictable. Depending on which way you look at it, we’ve either got lots of competition for places, or we have a squad full of players who haven’t managed to nail down their position and a manager who doesn’t know his best team.
Of course, it shouldn’t matter too much. It’s still Rangers vs Motherwell. Scottish football betting sites still have us as clear favourites. But the amount of different teams that could be picked is, frankly, ridiculous. In defence, we can probably expect Clint Hill and Rob Kiernan to start, even if Danny Wilson returns, with Lee Hodson and Lee Wallace in the full-back positions. All three centre-backs could play if Mark Warburton persists with his three-at-the-back experiment, but it seems like that might be on the back burner for now.
In midfield, we’ll have to suffer Andy Halliday in defensive midfield a little while longer owing to a complete lack of alternatives, although the other two spots are very much up for grabs. Josh Windass has been good but not great, and Jason Holt has been ineffective. Jon Toral is perhaps more likely to start, although judging from their respective performances in the last game at Ibrox, Hyndman has made far more of a case for inclusion.
Up front, it’s still anyone’s guess. Kenny Miller is likely to play some role, as he still looks our best option of scoring goals, with Barrie McKay on the left. Joe Garner is back in action, but probably not fit enough to start. Waghorn or Miller could fill in on the right wing position, and at this point pretty much anybody starting there is a mild surprise.
It’s always nice to have options, but for there to be so much uncertainty over the team at this stage of the season is a sign that things haven’t progressed anywhere near as smoothly as we might have hoped. There are a ludicrous number of positions in this squad that haven’t been nailed down - players might only have a few months remaining to do so before summer arrivals begin to threaten their place in the squad as well as the team.