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Predicted Rangers starting XI today: Steven Gerrard brings back ‘£20m’ ace, 23-year-old drops out

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Predicted Rangers starting XI today: Steven Gerrard brings back ‘£20m’ ace, 23-year-old drops out

Glasgow Rangers are back in Scottish Premiership action at Ibrox this afternoon and, for the first time in a while, Steven Gerrard will be hoping to get his charges back to winning ways.

The Gers were hoping to extend their unbeaten run to 28 games on Wednesday but were handed a shock defeat by St Mirren and knocked out of the Scottish League Cup in the process.

Rangers must now regain their focus as Motherwell come to Ibrox, with Gerrard’s side hoping to establish a 16-point lead at the top of the Premiership table.

St Mirren v Rangers - Betfred Cup Quarter-Final

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So, who could line up in the Light Blues’ starting XI for the meeting against the league’s fifth-placed side?

Goalkeeper Allan McGregor is likely to keep his place despite shipping three goals in midweek, having done well for the most part and making a couple of great saves in the game.

 

Calvin Bassey is all-but certain to make way for Borna Barisic, while Leon Balogun’s injury means Filip Helander should come back in.

The Croatia international – currently worth £20million, according to former Ger Gary Bollan – and his 27-year-old teammate should form a strong back four alongside Connor Goldson and James Tavernier.

In central midfield, Bongani Zungu will probably make way for Steven Davis, while Scott Arfield should retain his place and Glen Kamara is likely to come in for Joe Aribo, who’d get moved into attack.

The Nigeria international should form part of a front three alongside Kemar Roofe, who’d replace 23-year-old Cedric Itten in the absence of Alfredo Morelos, and Ryan Kent is likely to complete the XI.

Predicted Rangers starting XI (4-3-3): McGregor; Tavernier, Goldson, Helander, Barisic; Arfield, Davis, Kamara; Aribo, Roofe, Kent

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