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Kris Boyd insists unpopular Rangers duo MUST start against Celtic as Philippe Clement told to see bigger picture

Kris Boyd has told Philippe Clement he can't listen to supports and MUST start John Lundstram and Todd Cantwell against Celtic.

The duo have both come under fire from the Rangers support recently for different reasons. Lundstram's rash red card in the last league derby cost his side and stopped any momentum they might have built after Cyriel Dessers brought them back to 2-1 from being two goals down. That result essentially ended the Light Blues' faint hopes of hauling themselves back into the title and handed the trophy to the Hoops.

For Cantwell, it has been his social media antics landing him in hot water. The playmaker hasn't been short of a cryptic message or two but this one was a bit more clear cut. After 'sushing' the fans following his goal at Hearts on the final day, he posted a picture of his celebration online and captioned it 'Shushburger'.

So neither is flavour of the month right now. But Boyd insists in order to give his team the best chance of landing the Scottish Cup, Clement must play both tomorrow.

Speaking in the Scottish Sun, he said: "John Lundstram and Todd Cantwell wouldn’t win a popularity contest among Rangers fans right now. Not many have forgiven the outgoing midfielder’s Old Firm red card as Celtic effectively wrapped up the title.

"Cantwell’s ‘Shushburger’ social media post after scoring in a 3-3 draw with Hearts on Premiership trophy day also sparked anger. But, for me, both Lundstram and Cantwell have to start in tomorrow’s Scottish Cup final.

"Look, I get both sides of this Lundstram debate. His red card at Parkhead was crazy and killed his team’s chances. Rangers fans were entitled to feel let down by him and I understand why some think he shouldn’t play for the club again. But Clement can’t base such a huge decision on one moment of madness.

"Before that red card, most Rangers fans would have been happy to see Lundstram sign a new contract. He’s been one of the top three performers since Clement arrived and made the PFA Scotland Premiership Team of the Year.

"In his three years, Lundstram has been a regular, consistent performer and a key part of the 2022 Europa League final team. He clearly won’t be part of Clement’s rebuild, with his contract running out, but he can still make one final contribution. You can be sure that nobody would have been hurting more than him after his Old Firm red card. You can also be certain that Lundstram would take to the Hampden pitch tomorrow with a massive point to prove."

On Cantwell, he added: "Rangers will surely need some attacking intent in the midfield, which brings me on to Cantwell. He divides opinion and his social media stuff doesn’t help him.

"Rangers fans get annoyed by it and Celtic supporters mock it, but for ability, pace and energy Cantwell is the best man for that No 10 role. Clement tried Tom Lawrence in there against Celtic recently and it didn’t work. Cantwell is due a chance and it’s up to him to show that he can really step up on the big occasion."