Does Jason Holt hold the key in Rangers' Scottish Cup clash with Celtic?

New Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha in the stands with Pedro Mendes

Jason Holt is sure to be one of the first names on Pedro Caixinha's Rangers team-mate against Celtic.

Celtic's Jozo Simunovic in action with Rangers' Jason Holt

Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha will be praying that Kenny Miller maintains his recent purple patch and goalkeeper Wes Foderingham has magnets in his gloves as the Scottish Cup semi-final clash against Celtic looms on the horizon.

However, if there’s one player almost guaranteed to start in Saturday’s make or break, season-defining encounter, its unassuming midfielder Jason Holt.

The 24-year-old has started and finished each of Rangers’ games since Caixinha took over in the middle of March and, with the club still unbeaten under the Portuguese, there’s no reason to suggest he will change a proven formula this weekend.

“Jason is that type of player that all the coaches like to have,” the manager said after Monday’s 2-0 win against Partick Thistle, as reported by the Evening Times. “He’s fantastic, he’s so humble, he’s so energetic and his batteries are like those rabbits’ that are never stopping.”

And it’s fair to say Rangers will need Holt’s Duracell lungs more than ever at Hampden Park. With Scott Sinclair drifting in from the flanks, Moussa Dembele dropping back to link play and Stuart Armstrong (below) bombing on through the centre, the former Hearts midfielder may have his work cut out.

Rangers' Jason Holt in action with Celtic's Stuart Armstrong

But he could hold the key to Rangers destroying Celtic’s hopes of a treble in Brendan Rodgers’ debut season at the helm.

Tenacious, hard-working and tough-tackling, Holt helped shut down the runaway Champions in March’s 1-1 draw at Parkhead. And Caixinha will be hoping for a performance of identical discipline this weekend.

Celtic's Scott Brown and Patrick Roberts in action with Rangers' Jason Holt

FIFA World Cup 2018FIFA 2018 World Cup Russia - click here for all of our coverage...

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch