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Rangers predicted XI tomorrow: Steven Gerrard picks 20-year-old prodigy, first start for one player

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Rangers predicted XI tomorrow: Steven Gerrard picks 20-year-old prodigy, first start for one player

Glasgow Rangers will hope to keep their impressive unbeaten run going and take a step closer to bringing silverware back to Ibrox on Sunday, with Steven Gerrard’s charges in Scottish League Cup action.

Rangers travel to Falkirk off the back of a 2-2 draw in the Europa League earlier in the week, a result which, though disappointing given they led, kept their amazing run going and put them on the brink of making the next round.

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In addition, the Gers sit 11 point clear at the top of the Premiership table, so there’s a feelgood factor at Ibrox right now, and reaching the Scottish League Cup quarter-finals will obviously add to that, the club looking to fight on all fronts.

So, who could Gerrard pick in his starting XI for the trip to the League One outfit?

The Rangers boss has the perfect opportunity to give some of his fringe players a chance, and we reckon this will start in goal, with Jon McLaughlin potentially replacing Allan McGregor.

Likewise, Borna Barisic could be given a rest, with 20-year-old prodigy Calvin Bassey given a chance to shine at left-back.

 

As Nathan Patterson is currently self-isolating, James Tavernier will likely continue at right-back, while Filip Helander could replace Leon Balogun in defence to partner Connor Goldson.

Bongani Zungu could finally make his first Rangers start, replacing Steven Davis in the starting XI, with Scott Arfield and Glen Kamara either side of the South Africa international.

Up front is where there’s serious strength in depth at present, so Gerrard could overhaul his whole front three for this game.

Summer signing Cedric Itten has only made three starts in all competitions, but he’s surely in line for another start.

The £3million man could line up on the right-hand side, with Brandon Barker on the left flank and Jermain Defoe in the middle.

Rangers predicted XI (4-3-3): McLaughlin; Tavernier, Goldson, Helander, Bassey; Arfield, Zungu, Kamara; Itten, Defoe, Barker

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