Fresh from their midweek heroics Rangers will be bidding to maintain their 100% Ibrox record when they host Dundee United in the Scottish Premiership on Sunday.
The Light Blues have won every single Premiership fixture at Ibrox this season scoring a mammoth 40 goals and conceding just once.
It is a remarkable record and one they will be confident of keeping with the visit of The Tangerines who sit 45 points behind the Gers in the bottom half of the league.
However Steven Gerrard’s side have stuttered by their own lofty standards of late, failing to score more than one goal in each of their last four league outings, including a 1-1 draw at basement boys Hamilton Academical.
Rangers have also been beset by a number of injuries that mean changes are certain to be made for Sunday’s clash.
One constant that will remain is Allan McGregor in the sticks as he looks to keep a fifth clean sheet in six Premiership games.
In front of him is likely to be Connor Goldson, Filip Helander and Borna Barisic, but there is a big decision to make over the fourth defender.
Captain James Tavernier suffered what looks to be a bad injury against Royal Antwerp and he has been ruled out of this game by Gerrard and with deputy right-back Nathan Patterson still isolating after his breach of covid-19 protocols, it looks like a straight shoot-out between two players.
Leon Balogun put in a solid shift at full-back when he replaced Tavernier on Thursday and we think he will be handed another opportunity to impress here to get him warmed up for next week’s crucial second leg.
Ryan Jack is the other possible option to fill in at the back but he will probably be handed a midfield berth on Sunday alongside Steven Davis.
That means Scott Arfield will drop out after making his first start since December 19 on Thursday and he will need to recuperate ahead of the next Antwerp test.
Ryan Kent was left out of the starting line-up against the Belgian side but enjoyed a rip-roaring substitute outing after replacing the stricken Kemar Roofe just before half-time, scoring a wonderful solo goal and earning the penalty that led to Barisic’s winner.
He should be restored to the team at the expense of the aforementioned Roofe who suffered a recurrence of a calf injury that looks set to keep him sidelined for a while.
Ianis Hagi should be fresh after only playing the last 20 minutes in the Europa League so he will likely come in on the right at the expense of Joe Aribo who could be afforded a rest.
The big decision will lie in who to select up top with Alfredo Morelos back from his three-match SFA suspension and in fine form after registering two assists v Antwerp.
But with the second leg only four days after we think it would be a wise move not to start him, particularly with Roofe’s absence, so Cedric Itten could get a rare start ahead of Jermaine Defoe.
Gerrard has said new signing Scott Wright is ‘raring to go’ as he bids to make his full Rangers debut and Sunday could represent the perfect opportunity as he would add some width to the right hand side which might be more limited in an attacking sense with Balogun behind.
That could see the Gers revert to a 4-2-3-1 formation with Hagi behind Itten.
All in all that means there will be six changes from the team that started on Thursday with Tavernier, Arfield, Aribo, Kamara, Roofe and Morelos dropping out for Balogun, Jack, Kent, Hagi, Wright and Itten.
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