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Rangers predicted XI tonight: Steven Gerrard makes two changes, ‘faultless’ 22-year-old comes in

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Rangers predicted XI tonight: Steven Gerrard makes two changes, ‘faultless’ 22-year-old comes in

Steven Gerrard’s Glasgow Rangers are back in European action tonight, with the Ibrox side facing an uphill climb if they are to reach the next round.

Nearly five months after the Europa League last-16 first leg against Bayer Leverkusen at Ibrox, Rangers will be taking on their opponents in Germany hoping to overturn a 3-1 deficit.

A Kai Havertz penalty and Charles Aranguiz’s effort made it 2-0 and, though George Edmundson pulled one back for the Gers, Leon Bailey added a third for his side two minutes from time.

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That said, anyone knows a thing or two about momentous European comebacks, it’s Steven Gerrard, and the Liverpool legend will be doing all he can to mastermind a miracle at the BayArena.

In terms of team selection, Rangers will not be able to call upon their summer signings, thus ruling out Jon McLaughlin, Calvin Bassey, Leon Balogun, Cedric Itten and Kemar Roofe.

Glen Kamara, meanwhile, is suspended for the second leg after picking up a yellow card in the first match.


Allan McGregor is all-but assured to start in goal, while in front of him, the only change from the win at Aberdeen is likely to be George Edmundson coming in for the ineligible Balogun.

The 22-year-old has been sensational at Rangers despite his young age and prior inexperience at the top level, Gerrard describing his league debut last October as “faultless“.

The midfield three from the Dons game will also see an enforced change, with Kamara out, and given Steven Davis has had injury problems recently, Scott Arfield could come in.

In attack, there shouldn’t be any changes – Alfredo Morelos is likely to lead the line, with Ryan Kent and Ianis Hagi either side of him.

Rangers predicted starting XI v Leverkusen: McGregor; Tavernier, Goldson, Edmundson, Barisic; Arfield, Jack, Aribo; Hagi, Morelos, Kent

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