Rangers travel to face Hamilton tonight at the SuperSeal Stadium needing a win to have any hope of keeping their title ambitions alive.
With reports that Kenny Miller has been banished to the Under-20’s squad and Bruno Alves looking like missing through injury, we take a look at how the Gers might line-up against Hamilton.
Goalkeeper - Wes Foderingham
Foderingham is Caixinha’s undisputed first-choice keeper so it’s unlikely he won’t start v Accies. The Englishman has been one of Rangers best performers although Jak Alnwick’s performance against Partick in the League Cup will have given Caixinha some food for thought.
Right-back - James Tavernier
Tavernier splits opinion among fans but it’s difficult to argue against him starting tonight. Lee Hodson’s horror show against Celtic and a lack of viable alternatives mean there’s not much likelihood of a change.
Central defence - Fabio Cardoso & Ross McCrorie
Barring a recovery by Alves, Cardoso and McCrorie will start alongside each other again tonight. McCrorie has impressed in his limited appearances for the first-team so far and Cardoso has looked good in fits and starts. Rangers need a solid, no-nonsense performance from both tonight.
Left-back - Declan John
The Welshman missed the Old Firm defeat through injury but should come in to replace Hodson. Hard to know what to expect based on his limited game-time so far but seems eager to get down the left and support the attackers.
Central midfield - Ryan Jack and Graham Dorrans
The pair have been Caixinha’s first-choice central midfield pairing and it’s unlikely to change against Hamilton. Rumours suggest Dorrans has got on the manager’s bad side after passing the armband to Kenny Miller on Saturday but with Rossiter and Kranjcar both still missing there are no real alternatives available unless we see someone like Jamie Barjonas promoted from the Under-20s(well we think they are out at least but nobody at the presser thought to ask questions about tonight’s games).
Wingers - Daniel Candeias and Josh Windass
Candeias has made the right-wing spot his own and is a certainty to start. Windass hasn’t quite nailed down the left-winger position but with Dalcio the only real option to replace him, Caixinha will likely stick with the former Accrington midfielder.
Attacking midfielder - Carlos Pena
It’s not likely to be Kenny Miller, is it? Pena is slowly getting to grips with Scottish football but needs a run of consistent performances to win fans over as they grow ever more sceptical about whether or not he’s actually any good at football
Striker - Alfredo Morelos
El Bufalo won the Finnish title earlier this week and will be desperate to get back on the goal trail after failing to score in his last two outings. The 21-year-old is the Scottish Premiership’s top scorer this season so far and another couple of goals tonight would do no harm.