By Mike Slater

28th Sep, 2021 | 4:10pm

Predicted Rangers XI v Sparta Prague

Rangers travel to Sparta Prague on Thursday looking to get their Europa League campaign back on track.

The Bears were disappointing losing 2-0 in their opener against Lyon at Ibrox and will look to forget that quickly.

Steven Gerrard will be expecting a hostile environment in the Czech Republic, and calling on his experienced players could be key.

Allan McGregor will return in between the sticks having missed the previous two games for Jon McLaughlin.

James Tavernier and Conor Goldson will be critical at the back, with the likes of Calvin Bassey being dropped to the bench.

Borna Barisic will come in at left-back, and Leon Balogun will keep his spot in the middle with Jack Simpson not available.

Steven Davis has been on the bench in recent times, and that strange sight will end on Thursday as he holds in midfield.

Glen Kamara has finally signed a new deal at Ibrox, and it is hard to imagine him being dropped at all no matter what competition.

John Lundstram may have been lauded in the 1-0 win at Dundee, but Joe Aribo will start ahead of him in the third midfield spot.

Ryan Kent’s absence has been eased by the return of Ianis Hagi in the past week, and the Romanian will get the chance to shine in Europe yet again as he has so many times in the past.

Finishing the line-up will be Alfredo Morelos and Kemar Roofe, with the likes of Scott Wright and Fashion Sakala not consistent enough to jump ahead of them.

Here’s how we expect the Bears to line up on Thursday…

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