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Allan McGregor on risky Rangers call as legend admits 'I don't know what his thinking is'

Philippe Clement's decision to play Nicolas Raskin ahead of John Lundstram for Rangers in today's Old Firm cup final has been branded a "risk."

The English midfielder starts from the bench today after letting the side down with a costly sending off in the last derby as Gers lost and allowed their bitter rivals to virtually secure the Premiership title. Raskin stepped in to deputise while Lundstram was suspended and keeps his place for today's showpiece clash.

The Belgian has spent much of the season out on the sidelines after struggling with injury and then failing to break back into the XI after recovering. That makes it a massive risk to play him in the heat of the battle of today's derby, which is sure to be played at a frantic pace.

That is the opinion of Gers legend Allan McGregor, who retired from playing last year. He admits he can't figure out the manager's thought process behind that one.

Speaking on Premier Sports, he said: "Well it's the gaffer's decision at the end of the day and Nico hasn't played a lot of football. He picked up an injury in November, he didn't think it would be a long one. It took him a few months longer than he thought and he's not being playing a lot. So I don't know what his thinking is but it is a risk."

Hoops hero Scott Brown joined his old nemesis on punditry duty and he identified Todd Cantwell as being the man with the biggest job to do today. Celtic have dominated the midfield in previous derbies.

He explained: "That three in the middle of the park is as strong as I've seen Celtic in the middle of the park for a long time. Cantwell has got a huge job. Especially if he's playing the 10 and Callum (McGregor) drops in to that pivot.

"Cal can either pull him around the place but he's got to make sure he's very disciplined on his job if he wants to stop Callum playing. Callum's a wonderful player as everyone knows and dictates games so everyone tries to stop him. But there's a lot of good players so if someone pulls Callum out of position, you've got Hatate and O'Riley as well."