By George Overhill

4th Aug, 2022 | 7:10pm

Rangers to start Ryan Kent and Tom Lawrence in major changes for Union Saint-Gilloise - Kenny Miller

Rangers will make major changes in both formation and line-up for the must-win European return leg against Union Saint-Gilloise, says Kenny Miller.

A very poor Bears side fell to a 2-0 defeat in Belgium to leave their hopes of making it to the Champions League group stages hanging by a thread.

A make-shift back line and an unfamiliar formation was chosen by Giovanni van Bronckhorst, but former Ibrox striker Miller believes there will be a return to the sort of set up that served them well in Europe last season, with other options coming into the XI.

Speaking on the Go Football Radio Show, via Football Scotland, he said: “I think there could be two [changes] in the back line at left-back and left centre-back.

“I think [Antonio] Colak will play. I’d expect him to play unless [Alfredo] Morelos is really there and ready to go.

“I’d expect [Ryan] Kent to play and [Malik] Tillman and [Tom] Lawrence, maybe.

“If you had Kent, Lawrence ahead of Jack and Lundstram, or Kamara and Lundstram, or Lawrence off the side and Tillman in behind, you could maybe play that 4-2-3-1 type formation with that front four being Colak, Lawrence, Tillman and Kent coming back in with two midfielders in Jack and Lundstram or Kamara and Lundstram.

“So what’s that? Three or four changes definitely I think there’ll be. And I do think there will be a shape change.”

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After the way Rangers ran through team after team on their way to the Europa League final last season the fact that they came up so short in the first leg of this tie was a major disappointment.

Kent picked up a knock in the opening Scottish Premiership victory over Livingston and was missing in Belgium, but if fit will surely start.

Similarly, key free agent pick-up Lawrence started the SPFL win but dropped to the bench for the European trip, but with goals a necessity he could come in for one of the three holding midfielders.

Borna Barisic, elevated to the starting left-back role again after Calvin Bassey’s big money summer move, has not cemented his place there in the opening two games, and Ridvan Yilmaz appears to be ready to come into the starting line-up after his appearance at the Thursday (4 August) press conference.

Ben Davies also came on in the first leg and is surely a preferable option to using James Sands as a makeshift centre-back, even if John Souttar is out for a while.

The biggest boost of all would be Morelos being available but that seems unlikely, so with the options he has at his disposal the manager essentially has to go for broke already in attack.

Ibrox proved what sort of affect it can have through the previous campaign, and it is going to be called upon to do the same already.

In other Rangers news, one of the new arrivals was slammed by one BBC pundit after the first leg collapse.