By George Overhill

17th Sep, 2022 | 1:48pm

Rangers confirmed XI v Dundee United - Leon King and Charlie McCann start, James Sands dropped

Rangers have confirmed Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s starting XI for the must-win return to Scottish Premiership action against Dundee United.

Coming off a run of three straight heavy defeats without a single goal scored it is absolutely vital that the Dutchman gets a positive result at Ibrox with the visit of the Tangerines.

The Gers lost 4-0 to Celtic in their previous league match, before back-to-back Champions League defeats to Ajax and Napoli, but Dundee United are rooted to the bottom of the table with just two points.

Allan McGregor retains his place in goal after his penalty-saving exploits in midweek, while James Sands is dropped in favour of Leon King after the American’s red card.

Connor Goldson, Borna Barisic and James Tavernier make up the rest of the defence.

John Lundstram moves back into midfield with Ryan Jack, Scott Arfield, and youngster Charlie McCann who comes in for Steven Davis.

Ryan Kent keeps his place but Antonio Colak is back for Alfredo Morelos.

Crucial

This would be a game that the Light Blues would have to be expecting a comfortable three points from anyway considering where the visitors are currently.

But simply winning is unlikely to be good enough to keep the manager from facing further questions about his future in Glasgow.

The display against Napoli was much-improved before James Sands’ red card made it too much of a mountain to climb against quality opposition, but the meek offerings in Amsterdam and at Parkhead were unacceptable.

A display that is good to watch and a hefty scoreline should help suggest that things are getting back to normal at Ibrox, but anything less will be bad news.

The gap at the top of the SPFL is already five points, and it needs to stay at that size as a maximum until the next Old Firm meeting.

More than that, the psychology of this side is going to be important to put together a meaningful fight to battle back from behind in the league, and in theory also in Europe.

If they look unfocused on Saturday afternoon (17 September) like they did in two of the three losses then it will be far from encouraging.

In other Rangers news, Jamie Carragher completed dismissed the importance of the Ibrox job when asking Steven Gerrard about Aston Villa.