View: Predicted Rangers XI vs RB Leipzig
Giovanni Van Bronckhorst has some big decisions to make ahead of the Europa League semi-final first leg between Rangers and RB Leipzig this week.
Rangers kept their title hopes alive with a 3-1 win over Motherwell despite being down to ten men for over an hour on the day.
But after making big changes for that game and an impressive performance, the manager must now decide whether to reward those performances or stick with his original plan for the rested players.
Allan McGregor is the number one goalkeeper at the club and aside from the Scottish Cup he has started the vast majority of games this season, and there is no reason for that to change here.
The same can be said for the captain James Tavernier, who once again got on the scoresheet at the weekend from right-back, and Connor Goldson at centre-back.
Both have been exceptional servants and have earned their place as indispensable, and both will start this game fitness permitting.
Calvin Bassey was rested at the weekend but was forced to come on after Leon Balogun’s red card, so it’s likely that he will start this game as was the original plan.
With Bassey in the centre, it’s another chance for Borna Barisic to continue in the side at left-back following some good performances in recent weeks.
In midfield we’re likely to see wholesale changes for this game. Glen Kamara and Steven Davies were given the nod in the league at the weekend, but Van Bronckhorst has got a preference for the position.
Ryan Jack and John Lundstram have formed an excellent partnership at the base of the midfield where they can control games and break up play, so it would be a surprise to see the manager move away from that for a game of this magnitude.
Further forward the team have got injury problems with Aaron Ramsey, Kemar Roofe and Alfredo Morelos all out injured.
Joe Aribo and Ryan Kent were given a rest against Motherwell but both should come back into the side in attacking midfield positions, while Fashion Sakala will start up front as the only recognised striker.
On the right though the manager must decide between two-goal hero Scott Wright, loanee Amad Diallo and the experience of Scott Arfield.
Because of the magnitude of the game and the fact it’s away from home, it’s expected that experience will win out and Arfield will get the nod from the start.
Predicted Rangers XI v RB Leipzig: McGregor; Tavernier, Goldson, Bassey, Barisic; Jack, Lundstram; Arfield, Aribo, Kent; Sakala