By Mike Slater

5th Jul, 2021 | 5:52pm

Confirmed Rangers starting XI v Partick Thistle

Rangers have confirmed their starting XI for the first pre-season friendly against Partick Thistle this evening.

Steven Gerrard has mixed his squad around as they return to action for the first time since lifting the Scottish Premiership title.

Confirmed on their official Twitter account prior to kick-off, the Bears have handed some valuable minutes to younger players.

Robby McCrorie has started in goal after returning to Ibrox from his loan spell, with a different defence ahead of him.

Jack Simpson has been joined by George Edmundson, who will want to shine after being sent out on loan last season.

Leon King made his senior debut last season too and will continue in the side fluttered with academy players.

The experience comes ahead of those players.

Jermain Defoe will lead the line in his first start since going into a player-coach role, in a good-looking attacking line.

Jordan Jones also gets the nod, with Cedric Itten and Kemar Roofe on the bench and likely to come on at the break.

Make an impression.

Now is the perfect time for some of the younger players and those on the fringes of the squad to catch the eye.

There are some names that some may not have expected, but that just proves how many options we have.

Jones and Edmundson will be desperate to prove themselves once again, after admitting that they let the club down last season.

All eyes are on Firhill, and we hope to pick up where we left off on that huge invincible train once again.

In other Rangers news, Alan Hutton reacts as the Bears confirm signing of John Lundstram