By Ray Livingstone

21st Nov, 2019 | 12:58pm

Defoe & Helander to start – Predicted Rangers starting XI v Hamilton

It’s the end of what’s felt like the longest international break on record, but the Premiership kicks off again on Sunday for Rangers with a very winnable game away at Hamilton.

The fixtures are piling up thick and fast now, though, and the next five weeks are going to be absolutely pivotal to our season.

There are 10 games to play, two that could see Rangers qualify for the knockout stage of the Europa League against Feyenoord and Young Boys. A win away at Feyenoord would seal qualification with a game in hand which would take a lot of pressure off the team.

There are also two games against Celtic, one in the League Cup final which could deliver Steven Gerrard his first piece of silverware and one just before the winter break. By that time we’ll have a very clear idea just how robust our title challenge is this season.

Gerrard can afford to give Alfredo Morelos a rest on Sunday. Jermain Defoe scored a hat-trick against Hamilton at home and he can terrorise their defence again on Sunday.

We expect to see Filip Helander and Connor Goldson at the back, with the pair forming a really successful partnership in recent matches. Helander only played in one of Sweden’s internationals and should be fine to play.

Gerrard has the nucleus of a really settled side at the moment and only tweaks are needed.

Sheyi Ojo in for Scott Arfield is the only other change we’d make to the starting XI that beat Livingston 2-0 last time out.

In other news, Ferguson spot on about Morelos, ‘ridiculous’ valuation not as crazy as it might look