By Mike Slater

31st Mar, 2021 | 2:10pm

Ibrox View: Predicted Rangers starting XI v Cove Rangers

Rangers start their quest for a domestic double this season after the international break as they take on Cove Rangers in the Scottish Cup.

Steven Gerrard will want to take stock of his side when they arrive back to Auchenhowie before making up his mind on who could feature.

The Bears will be without Calvin Bassey, Nathan Patterson and Bongani Zungu for the game they would have likely started, with their four-game bans starting this weekend.

Jon McLaughlin should start inbetween the sticks, handing Allan McGregor a spot on the bench after his remarkable months at Ibrox.

The back four is lacking on options, and that will see only one change take place with Jack Simpson coming in for his first start for the Gers.

Leon Balogun will partner Conor Goldson in the heart of defence, and Borna Barisic will then continue on the left-hand side.

It will be a change of system, with Gerrard surely not needing a holding midfielder at Ibrox against the Scottish League One side.

Scott Arfield will come into partner Steven Davis at the heart of midfield, with the Northern Ireland international is perfect for the Canadian’s storming runs forward.

There are so many attacking options to choose from.

Scott Wright will also earn his first start for the club alongside Simpson, and he will be played out wide with Ianis Hagi on the other flank.

Cedric Itten and Jermain Defoe will be desperate for game time at Ibrox, and this is the perfect opportunity for that to happen.

Both will feature in the final third, with Itten likely to be deeper to allow Defoe to run in-behind and hopefully fire home some much-needed goals.

Here’s how we expect them to line up…

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