PEDRO CAIXINHA has surprised the Scottish media today by announcing his team to face Kilmarnock at Rugby Park tomorrow night.
The Rangers manager, speaking at his pre-match-press conference, confirmed that we will make no fewer than six changes to the team which started against Motherwell on Saturday at Ibrox.
With Wes Foderingham between the posts the defence in front of him changes entirely with James Tavernier returning from suspension at right back and Danny Wilson also in the side having recovered from an injury.
Joining Danny at centre-half is 20-year-old David Bates who will make his first appearance for the club, while 18-year-old Myles Beerman, who was born in Malta, also makes his competitive debut at left-back.
They replace Lee Hodson (ill), Clint Hill (hamstring), Rob Kiernan (knee) and Lee Wallace, with the skipper ruled out for three to four weeks after stomach surgery today.
In midfield Andy Halliday starts for the first time since February 24 when Rangers lost 2-1 to Inverness, the Copland kid getting the nod ahead of Spaniard Jon Toral.
Halliday is expected to play alongside Jason Holt in the engine room with Barrie McKay and Emerson Hyndman on the left and right wings respectively.
Up top Joe Garner, who scored a terrific equaliser against Motherwell on Saturday after coming off the bench, partners Martyn Waghorn with Kenny Miller not included in the Gers eleven.
Helensburgh teenager Aidan Wilson will also be one of the substitutes at Rugby Park. The 18-year-old provides defensive cover with Philippe Senderos also out with a calf problem.
When asked about the injuries to his squad before the trip to Ayrshire, the manager answered: “You just asked me about the defence but I give you everything.
“Wes, James is back, David, Danny and Myles, okay so you have the back four.
“Andy and Jason, Barrie, Emerson and Martyn and Joe Garner, so you have it all. That is our first eleven for tomorrow.”
Caixinha continued: “Lee Wallace should be finishing his surgery right now so maybe for the next three to four weeks he will be out of the team.
“Clint felt something on his calf at half time and he is still struggling with it so we tried to recover him totally for Sunday. Rob felt the same on his knee.
“But it is not important which players are out, it is important that the players we are going to have starting the game and the players on the bench are players we trust and we have total confidence in. That is the most important thing.
“After all we are Rangers and the youth players we have, they need to be ready when this chance comes and this is the moment.
“I just passed the confidence and the trust to the guys, now go out there and enjoy it and do your work. Take your chance, enjoy it and that is what it is all about.
“Sometimes things arrive because you plan everything in advance and you have time to organise these small changes or more changes than usual.
“Other times the things are coming just like that and this is the moment where you need to understand it, but we need to face it the same way.”