Steven Gerrard is predicted to ring the changes to his starting line-up ahead of Rangers’ Scottish League Cup clash with Falkirk at Falkirk Stadium on Sunday.

Rangers drew 2-2 against Benfica on Thursday night and could qualify for the Europa League knock-out stages next Thursday when they welcome Standard Liege to Ibrox.

With that in mind, it’s likely that Gerrard will rest a number of key players and make a total of nine changes from the side that drew with Benfica ahead of the trip to Falkirk.


We don’t expect Gerrard to underestimate Falkirk as they are currently Scottish League One leaders and are unbeaten in the league.

Which is why we could see a mixture of experienced and inexperienced faces in Stirlingshire this weekend.

Jon McLaughlin is likely to get some game-time by replacing Allan McGregor in goals.

In the defence, Connor Goldson could be the only player to retain his spot from the draw with Benfica. Nathan Patterson is predicted to replace James Tavernier at right-back, Filip Helander could replace Leon Balogun at centre-back and Calvin Bassey is likely to come in and start at left-back over Borna Barisic.

Ex-Celtic player Darren Jackson predicted earlier this week that we’ll see more of Patterson at right-back as the season progresses and this clash with Falkirk is the perfect opportunity for Tavernier to get a rest and the rarely-seen right-back to start and earn his fifth senior appearance.


In the midfield, Jamie Barjonas could be handed his first appearance of the season in the centre of the midfield alongside Steven Davis.

Barjonas, 21, hasn’t made a first-team appearance for Rangers in three years but has been on the bench in all four Europa League group-stage games this season.

He might get the nod this weekend at Falkirk so that Gerrard can rest Glen Kamara and Scott Arfield. Ryan Jack, Bongani Zungu and Joe Aribo all missed the Benfica game and are unlikely to be risked in the Scottish League Cup.

In the attack, Cedric Itten could start on the left-wing with Brandon Barker on the right. Ianis Hagi is expected to take the attacking midfield role in the centre.

Up front, we predict Jermain Defoe will start, which rounds off what could be a very strong attack for Rangers.

In other Rangers news, Ally McCoist was furious with one controversy in the draw with Benfica.


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