Craig Moore predicts full-strength Rangers XI against Celtic on Sunday
Giovanni van Bronckhorst showed his hand against Motherwell at the weekend by making a host of changes to his Rangers side.
The Light Blues still battled to a 3-1 victory at Fir Park but the sole purpose of the rotation was to rest players ready for their Europa League semi-final first leg away at RB Leipzig on Thursday.
The tricky decision for van Bronckhorst though comes with the small matter of the Old Firm derby against Celtic sandwiched in between the two legs in the next two weeks.
Rangers TV pundit Craig Moore thinks that despite their focus on their continental efforts, the Gers still have to field a full-strength side at Parkhead as they try to wrestle back the Scottish Premiership momentum from their Glasgow rivals.
“I don’t think you can treat the Old Firm any differently,” Moore said on the Go Radio Football Show. “We know the size of the game, the rivalry and what it means to the supporters.
“Thursday will take care of itself and Giovanni will select the strongest squad. Then come Sunday, he will again pick the strongest squad available to him.
“Of course, there might be a tinker in the odd position or two to be able to try and protect a player for the return leg but that’s why Giovanni gets paid the big dollars.
“There’s big decisions to be made. It’s intriguing, really interesting to see exactly how it’s going to play out.”
We’re not sure if Moore thinks he is being divisive in his comments but it couldn’t be more obvious than to play your best available team for the biggest game in Scottish football.
Of course, the Europa League will be on their minds, especially if they go to Germany on Thursday and ruffle the feathers of Leipzig and bring an advantage to Ibrox.
But you can’t imagine it has or will ever cross van Bronckhorst’s mind to make wide-scale changes for the Old Firm derby when the prospect of a second successive Scottish title is still within reach.
These next ten days could be the definitive ones for van Bronckhorst at Rangers and he won’t be taking any risks with team selection so Moore is right in what he is saying but no one was thinking anything else.
The Motherwell game was a handy one to be able to rotate and even then he could have been more drastic with who he rested but the three points were secured which is the most important thing.