Steven Gerrard takes his Rangers side to Moscow to take on a Spartak side not on the best of form in pursuit of a win that would put them in command of their Europa League group.
The Gers are unbeaten so far in Europe this season, stringing together a record-breaking run but a hostile and long trip makes extending that streak a tough ask regardless of the Russians’ current state.
Gerrard will want his players to make the most of their share of possession but there will still be a large emphasis on the defensive side of the game regardless.
That means that selecting the correct back four is of vital importance to the Liverpool icon and with that in mind, one player he chose for the first tie against Spartak – the 0-0 draw at Ibrox last month – must be dropped.
Jon Flanagan is a former team-mate and favourite of Gerrard’s but Andy Halliday is the better option at left-back for this one.
Halliday digs in and battles well, which will be essential in Russia, but also has good quality on the ball. Having a natural left-footer on that flank should allow Rangers to play a bit more football and swing crosses into the danger area when the opportunity arises.