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Rangers predicted XI v Staggies: Steven Gerrard drops ‘fantastic’ player, 24-year-old returns to line-up

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Rangers predicted XI v Staggies: Steven Gerrard drops ‘fantastic’ player, 24-year-old returns to line-up

It’s a great time to be a Glasgow Rangers fan right now, the Ibrox side flying high in all competitions and Steven Gerrard moulding a team which plays superb, winning football.

Unbeaten in 24 matches, top of the Premiership table by 11 points, in the last 32 of the Europa League and in the quarter-finals of the League Cup – things are going very well indeed.

Up next for Rangers is Sunday’s Premiership trip to Ross County, a team currently struggling near the foot of the table.

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Stuart Kettlewell’s side are currently 10th in the standings with just three wins from their opening 15 matches and the second-worst goal difference in the top-flight.

However, their confidence will be high after knocking Celtic out of the League Cup last week, running out 2-0 winners over Neil Lennon’s side on their own patch.

So, who could Gerrard look to name in the Rangers starting XI for the trip to Dingwall?

 

In terms of potential absences, Ryan Jack remains an injury doubt, while defenders Filip Helander and Niko Katic remain unavailable.

With that in mind, Gerrard is unlikely to make too many changes from the side which beat Standard Liege in midweek.

Allan McGregor is likely to remain in goal, while Helander’s absence means Leon Balogun should remain in the back four along with Borna Barisic, Connor Goldson and James Tavernier.

Assuming Jack is still absent, Steven Davis and Scott Arfield will probably make up two thirds of the midfield, though we predict Glen Kamara will be replaced by Joe Aribo.

The Finland international, who Gerrard has deemed “fantastic”, could be deployed off the bench to see out the game, with 24-year-old Aribo boasting more of an attacking threat.

Up front, meanwhile, we don’t expect any change from the attacking trio of Ryan Kent, Alfredo Morelos and Kemar Roofe, with changes more likely once – if – the game is beyond the opposition.

Rangers predicted XI v Staggies (4-3-3): McGregor; Tavernier, Goldson, Balogun, Barisic; Aribo, Davis, Arfield; Roofe, Morelos, Kent

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