Chris Sutton has advice for Rangers manager Mark Warburton

Rangers' manager Mark Warburton

Glasgow Rangers manager Mark Warburton should go defensive in the Old Firm derby this weekend, suggests Chris Sutton.

Chris Sutton - Glasgow CelticChris Sutton at Glasgow Celtic

Chris Sutton has been quoted as saying by The Brechin Advertiser that Rangers manager Mark Warburton should adopt a defensive approach against Celtic this weekend.

Rangers will take on Old Firm rivals Celtic at Hampden Park in Glasgow in the semi-finals of the Scottish League Cup on Sunday afternoon.

The Gers and the Bhoys have faced each other already this season - in the Scottish Premiership at Celtic Park in September.

On that occasion, Warburton’s side suffered an embarrassing 5-1 defeat to the Hoops.

Former Celtic striker Sutton has suggested that the Rangers manager should play a defensive game in order to avoid a similar scoreline against Brendan Rodgers’s side on Sunday afternoon.

Chris Sutton - Celtic dejectedChris Sutton at Celtic

"I have a lot of admiration for Clint Hill,” The Brechin Advertiser quotes Sutton as saying. “He has been a really good professional over the years. Philippe Senderos has played at a good level down south too.

"Warburton also has Rob Kiernan and Danny Wilson but leaving those kind of guys exposed is a tremendous mistake.

“Celtic are going to come out of the traps on Sunday and press them. If Rangers lose the ball deep when their full-backs are pushed up, they are at risk.

“That is exactly what happened with Celtic's second goal at Parkhead. But can Warburton play a different way? He hasn't shown so far that he can.”

"The way they play leaves their centre-halves exposed, so I would be surprised if Warburton doesn't tweak it a little bit because leaving those centre-backs exposed to Celtic's pace is a problem,” added Sutton.

Rangers manager Mark WarburtonRangers manager Mark Warburton

Rangers do tend to play passing and attacking football, but perhaps against Celtic, the Gers should be more conservative in their approach.

The Bhoys have the better team and the better players, with forward Moussa Dembele in red-hot form at the moment.

Warburton should not entirely change his gameplan, but he should adapt it in order to make sure that Rangers are stronger and more solid defensively than they were the last time they faced Celtic.

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