TIMES TALKER: Should Coisty stick with Lee?

YES says MATTHEW LINDSAY:

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Lee McCulloch opens the scoring for Rangers during their 4-1 victory over Dumbarton at Ibrox
Lee McCulloch opens the scoring for Rangers during their 4-1 victory over Dumbarton at Ibrox

RANGERS were far better in the games against Clyde and Dumbarton last week than they had been in their matches with Hibs, Hearts and Falkirk.

One of the main reasons for that on Saturday was captain Lee McCullloch's presence in the centre of midfield.

The former Scotland international took over from Ian Black, who has struggled for form, in the pivotal position.

The 35-year-old has vast experience in the middle of the park and it showed in a comfortable 4-1 victory over part-timers.

McCulloch scored a fine goal from a Lewis Macleod corner to start the rout and dictated play for much of the match.

Ally McCoist is well covered at centre-half with Darren McGregor - who was outstanding at the weekend - Bilel Mohsni, and Marius Zaliukas all capable of playing there.

So there is no need for his skipper to return to the heart of the rearguard any time soon. I would stick with him in midfield for the foreseeable future.

NO says STUART McDONALD:

RANGERS have a plethora of central midfielders to choose from. Ian Black and Nicky Law are the two normally favoured by manager Ally McCoist in the important area of the park.

However, he can also play Arnold Peralta, who did well there after coming off the bench against Dumbarton on Saturday.

It is the Honduran international's preferred position and one where he has rarely had a chance to excel since coming to Scotland.

Elsewhere, Lewis Macleod, often the best Gers player wide on the left or right, also favours a role through the middle.

So there would seem no need to give captain Lee McCulloch a game there this season. I much prefer seeing the 35-year-old deployed at the back.

With full-time opponents, Rangers will be under far more pressure in the SPFL Championship this season than they have been in the last two campaigns.

Having the the former Scotland man in the heart of the defence will stop a better quality of striker running amok.

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