By Daniel Feliciano

29th Jul, 2022 | 9:10pm

Tom Lawrence, John Souttar and Antonio Colak debuts, John McLaughlin to start - Rangers predicted XI v Livingston

Rangers are set to kick off the new Scottish Premiership season with a trip to Livingston on Saturday lunchtime, and Giovanni van Bronckhorst has some big calls to make.

With seven new first-team signings in the squad this summer following the departures of Leon Balogun, Joe Aribo and Calvin Bassey, there is plenty of things to look forward to.

But as the Bears look to kickstart their campaign with three points, the boss must decide on his best available lineup on the day and ignoring last season’s successes.

In goal Rangers were able to convince Allan McGregor to ditch his retirement plans and pen a new one-year contract at Ibrox, but reports suggest that he could start the season on the bench with John McLaughlin handed the number one jersey.

In defence we will definitely see changes following the summer business, but it is likely to be mostly familiar faces for the fans.

Captain James Tavernier and Connor Goldson have pledged their long-term future to the club and are locks to start on the right hand side of the defence whenever fit, while John Souttar should step in alongside them in the middle.

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On the left Borna Barisic started last season as the first-choice but eventually lost his place, however with new signing Ridvan Yilmaz not yet ready to play he will start once again here.

The manager found a great balance in midfield last season with John Lundstram and Ryan Jack at the base and that is likely to continue, with Glen Kamara set to start the campaign on the bench.

Ahead of them is a new look attack. Rabbi Matondo has been impressive in pre-season but will miss the game with a minor injury, meaning Scott Wright is likely to step in on the right wing and start the curtain raiser.

Ryan Jack is still the main man in the attack and will continue in his favoured left wing position for as long as he’s fit and healthy despite entering the final year of his Ibrox deal.

Centrally Van Bronckhorst is likely to opt for two debutants, with former Derby man Tom Lawrence occupying the number ten role in possession and filling in as an extra midfielder without it.

Ahead of him, Alfredo Morelos is in talks for a new deal but is still recovering from a thigh injury that saw him miss the end of season run-in which means summer signing Antonio Colak will get the nod ahead of Kemar Roofe who has also struggled with fitness this summer.

Predicted Rangers XI: McLaughlin; Tavernier, Goldson, Souttar, Barisic; Jack, Lundstram; Wright, Lawrence, Kent; Colak

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