Rangers face Benfica at Ibrox on Thursday in a crucial Europa League group D fixture that will likely decide who tops the standings.

The sides drew 3-3 in Lisbon, after a Benfica side down to 10 men came back late on from two goals behind.

The result was disappointing for the Gers, but they played well and will fancy their chances on Thursday.

In goal, we expect Allan McGregor to keep his place in goal ahead of Jon McLaughlin, with the former Scotland international Steven Gerrard’s preferred stopper.

Ahead of him, James Tavernier, Connor Goldson and Borna Barisic will likely continue, while Leon Balogun should start ahead of Filip Helander, who struggled in the reverse fixture.

Steven Davis and Glen Kamara should start in midfield like they did in the away match, but Scott Arfield may have done enough to jump ahead of Ryan Jack in the pecking order, despite the latter’s heroics on the international stage for Scotland.

Arfield was excellent against Aberdeen, scoring and providing an assist, and Gerrard could opt to select him in a bid to add some threat from midfield.

Ryan Kent should start on the left after scoring his first goal since September, while Alfredo Morelos is likely to continue at centre-forward after breaking the record for European goals in the last match.

On the right, we expect Kemar Roofe to start after his recent goalscoring efforts. The former Leeds United man is not a natural winger, but has impressed in the role and may have just done enough to get the start.

Kent, Morelos and Roofe represent a serious attacking threat to any side in the Europa League.

In other Rangers news, why does Kemar Roofe think Rangers have been so good this season?


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