By Daniel Feliciano

1st Aug, 2022 | 8:10am

Malik Tillman starts, Jon McLaughlin keeps his place - Rangers predicted XI v Royale Union

Rangers look to continue their winning start to the 2022/23 season when they look to qualify for the UEFA Champions League against Royale Union.

The Bears picked up a hard fought three points against Livingston in the opening game of the Scottish Premiership season thanks to goals from Scott Arfield and captain James Tavernier.

A win over two legs against Belgian opposition will see them play in Europe’s elite competition this season, so Giovanni van Bronckhorst must get his team selection right. And he’s got some big calls to make heading into the tie.

The boss made the big call to go with Jon McLaughlin in goal ahead of veteran goalkeeper Allan McGregor, and the 34-year-old did well despite conceding early on. He should keep his place, cementing himself as number one for the season.

In defence it’s unlikely to see any changes simply through circumstance. Tavernier is a guaranteed starter when fit and healthy, while Connor Goldson will start alongside him just as often.

John Souttar didn’t have the best of debuts but the boss is likely to stick with him regardless of that as he looks for them to form a partnership, while Borna Barisic should continue at left-back despite Ridvan Yilmaz finally obtaining a work permit and training with the team.

John Lundstram has made himself the first-choice central midfielder at the club since the turn of the year and should keep his role at the base, but his partner is up for debate.

Ryan Jack showed his quality during the Europa League run last season, but Glen Kamara was impressive against Livingston and has done enough to keep his place in the side in the pivot.

Tom Lawrence didn’t have the brightest of debuts in the number ten role and that could give Van Bronckhorst reason to switch his attack slightly. The former Derby man could move out wide, with American loanee Malik Tillman coming into the lineup after his excellent cameo performance.

That should see Scott Wright move to the bench where his pace could be important later in the game, while Ryan Kent’s place on the left is assured. Up front Antonio Colak will continue in the absence of Alfredo Morelos and Kemar Roofe.

Predicted Rangers XI: McLaughlin; Tavernier, Goldson, Souttar, Barisic; Lundstram, Kamara; Lawrence, Tillman, Kent; Colak

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