By Mike Slater

30th Sep, 2021 | 11:15am

Predicted Rangers starting XI v Sparta Prague

Rangers travel to Sparta Prague this evening as they look to finally kickstart their Europa League campaign.

Steven Gerrard has numerous issues to deal with in his squad with a makeshift part of his side likely.

Conor Goldson has been ruled out of the tie and hasn’t travelled, a problem given that Jack Simpson isn’t registered in the competition.

Allan McGregor will start in goal after being rested in the previous two outings for Jon McLaughlin in all competitions.

James Tavernier and Borna Barisic will play in the full-back roles, with as much experience needed in that back four.

Leon Balogun is the only available senior centre-back, meaning he will be partnered by Calvin Bassey in the heart of the defence.

The Nigerian youngster has played in that position before during his early days at Cardiff, but this will be a giant task compared.

Steven Davis has been handed rests recently since the arrival of John Lundstram, but he will be critical at the heart of midfield this evening.

Glen Kamara and Joe Aribo are two of the first names on the teamsheet at Ibrox, and that won’t change in the Czech Republic.

Gerrard will want more in the final third, and the return of Ianis Hagi over the past week since his COVID-19 blow will be a massive help in hand for the Bears.

Kemar Roofe will start despite being heckled as he arrived in the country yesterday, the first time he will play here since that tackle on Ondrej Kolar last season.

You always need a big man for a hostile environment, and there will be no better than Alfredo Morelos to throw himself around, hopefully, get the goals and silence the home crowd.

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

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