By Doug Ward

14th Oct, 2021 | 8:10am

Ryan Kent returns in three changes: Rangers predicted XI v Hearts

Steven Gerrard is predicted to make three changes to the Rangers starting line-up as they prepare to welcome Hearts to Ibrox on Saturday.

Ryan Kent could return to the side after missing a month of action with a hamstring injury he suffered versus Lyon.

Gerrard has recently said, as quoted by the Scotsman, that the 24-year-old attacker could be in contention to play after the international break is over when the Gers meet Hearts in Govan.

If Kent is available, he’s expected to replace Scott Wright in the attack while Nathan Patterson and John Lundstram may both be dropped in order for James Tavernier and Steven Davis to return to the starting line-up.

Allan McGregor is likely to retain his spot in goals behind a back-four of Tavernier, Leon Balogun, Connor Goldson and Borna Barisic.

Glen Kamara, who impressed for Finland in their 2-0 win in Kazakhstan this week, is predicted to partner Davis in the central midfield area.

In the attack, Ianis Hagi could start on the right with Joe Aribo in the middle and Kent on the left.

Alfredo Morelos is expected to spearhead the Light Blues attack with Gerrard likely to name a strong team to play Hearts, who are just one point behind the reigning Scottish champions in the Premiership table.

Robbie Neilson’s side are unbeaten in the league since winning promotion last season and have won their last two matches against Livingston and Motherwell without conceding a goal.

They’ll be difficult to break down but with Kent back and Morelos buzzing after his winner versus Hibs before the international break, we feel as though this team should be enough to secure all three points.

In other Rangers news, a Premier League club could be willing to pay £20million plus offer a 20 per cent sell-on clause to sign this Gers ace in January.