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6 changes from Gerrard, Morelos misses out: Rangers Predicted XI vs Standard Liege – opinion
Glasgow Rangers return to Europa League action on Thursday night, as they take on Standard Liege, on the back of their last European outing where Benfica stunned Steven Gerrard’s side with a late comeback
Gerrard has somewhat of an injury crisis to deal with ahead of Thursday’s Europa League clash with Liege as he will be without Filip Helander and Nathan Patterson, whilst Ryan Jack remains a major doubt, and Brandon Barker faces a race against time to prove his match fitness too.
However, he has indicated that Joe Aribo is expected to be fit, and he may take the opportunity to rotate his squad ahead of a busy schedule in the coming weeks and months.
What’s YOUR prediction for Glasgow Rangers vs Standard Liege?
It’ll be a draw…
The 54-time Scottish champions cruised to a comfortable 2-0 win over the Belgians last time out and Gerrard will be hoping for the same result as the Gers seek to qualify for the last 32 of the competition.
Former Sunderland stopper Jon McLaughlin may be pushing for a recall, but we’ve given Allan McGregor our backing to resume his rightful place between the sticks as he has been trusted for most Europa League games so far this season.
It’s hard to imagine there will be any changes to the back four, as Helander and Patterson are out, so James Tavernier, Connor Goldson, Leon Balogun and Borna Barisic are likely to keep their places in the starting line-up.
Youngsters Ciaran Dickson and Leon King will be hoping for some more minutes after debuting from the bench against Falkirk in the Betfred Cup last weekend.
Alfredo Morelos has been the Ibrox boss’ trusted man for the big occasion, but the Colombian has largely been out of sorts as of late, with a tally of just one goal and an assist to his name in his past five games in all competitions.
Gerrard has demonstrated a ruthless streak in recent months as so he could be benched from the start ahead of Sunday’s clash with Premiership rivals Ross County, leaving Kemar Roofe and Cedric Itten as contenders to lead the line.
Whilst Itten has struggled for consistency so far this season, Roofe went viral after a wonder goal against Standard Liege from inside his own half, so is likely to lead the line.
As we’ve mentioned previously, Gerrard could be tempted to bring in Ianis Hagi on the right, so switching Roofe up front and replacing Barker with Ryan Kent on the left makes the most sense.
Glasgow Rangers predicted lineup (4-2-3-1): McGregor, Tavernier, Goldson, Balogun, Barisic, Arfield, Davis, Kamara, Hagi, Roofe, Kent.
AND in other news, Brandon Barker’s potential knock could force Steven Gerrard to give Ianis Hagi the time to shine…
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, FootballFanCast.com reports