Interim boss Graeme Murty has plenty of decisions to make as Rangers travel to Murrayfield to face Hearts.
It has been a long time coming. Pedro Caixinha was finally given the boot by the Rangers board on Thursday and now responsibility falls back into Graeme Murty’s lap.
Murty, 42, took charge of the Scottish giants while the Gers hierarchy replaced Mark Warburton with Caixinha, and he now has a second bite at the cherry starting with Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off against Hearts at Murrayfield.
The only manager since the Gers gained promotion back into the top tier of Scottish football to take points off of Celtic, Murty is considered as one of the frontrunners for the permanent job.
But if he is to get off to a winning start, then he must seriously consider dropping the inconsistent Daniel Candeias, who has struggled to adapt to life in the cold depths of Scotland.
Candeias, 29, was largely at fault during Caixinha’s last game in charge as his tame injury-time penalty was saved before Kilmarnock went up the other end of the pitch and scored to draw 1-1.
Just three goals in 15 league and cup appearances in a side like Rangers is simply not good enough and Murty must recognise that it is time for another of Rangers’ large squad to take up the gauntlet.
Coming off the bench against Kilmarnock, Manchester City loanee Aaron Nemane injected pace and invention into a Rangers side that has lacked creativity in the final third this season.
The powerful 20-year-old boasts a low centre of gravity and the ability to beat a man with ease and reach the byline – something that either Alfredo Morelos or Eduardo Herrera thrive on.
Starting Frenchman Nemane will give Rangers more tempo, more impetus and more drive to go on and earn three points in Murty’s first game of his second spell, rather than Candeias’ slow, ineffective style of play that simply is not suited to the fast-paced Scottish Premiership.