Bruno Alves, you would imagine, is probably a better footballer than David Bates. Lately though, that hasn’t been the case, and the latter has been a key member of a winning side that Graeme Murty has, probably rightly, been unwilling to change.
Jason Holt was also playing well before his injury, but Greg Docherty seized the chance to make himself an automatic starter in midfield. With a solid, settled side, Rangers have played some of their best football in a long time and embarked on a fine winning streak which has set up two vital Old Firm clashes. But keeping the same team may not be the answer - or even an available option.
Firstly, Alfredo Morelos has been quite inconsistent of late. He’s had games where his composure in front of goal has disappeared but his all-round play has been excellent. He’s had games where he’s scored goals but hasn’t quite had his usual touch and creativity. And as against Falkirk, he’s had games where he’s been simply bad. Jason Cummings, meanwhile, is now off the back of a hat-trick and will be a serious contender to start against Celtic.
For now, Morelos’ far superior strength and hold-up play probably means he’s likely to maintain his starting spot for the biggest game of the season. But Cummings ended up playing on the left against Falkirk in the absence of Jamie Murphy, who has brought much-needed balance on that side of the park to greatly improve the side. Murphy could be fit for the Celtic game, but whether a slightly rusty version should start instead of a red-hot Cummings is another matter.
Given that Graeme Murty has shown little inclination to change much about his team lately, we’d still expect Morelos to start and Murphy to get the nod if fit. But should we make any changes for othe biggest game of the season? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter.