By Saikat Mandal

12th Oct, 2022 | 6:43pm

Rangers confirmed XI v Liverpool: Ryan Kent starts

Giovanni van Bronckhorst has named a strong Rangers starting XI to take on Liverpool in the Champions League later today at Ibrox.

After three straight defeats in Europe, the Gers will be keen to pick up their first point as they want to stay alive in the competition.

Via Twitter, Rangers’ official handle shared the playing eleven. Van Bronckhorst has made just one change – Ryan Kent starts in place of Rabbi Matondo.

The decision to start with Kent is slightly baffling. Kent is a senior player at the club but his performance this season has been dreadful. He has been unable to lift his standards this season, and many thought that it was time for the Dutchman to bin him.

However, probably with Trent missing for this game, Van Bronckhorst has taken the gamble.

Massive game

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Prior to the match, Giovanni van Bronckhorst made it absolutely clear that there will be a change in their approach against the Reds.

The Dutchman expects a hectic game, and he has urged his team to be aggressive but at the same time, has warned his players that they need to defend well.

Liverpool are without the likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold and Luis Diaz, but they still boast some world-class players in their ranks.

The Bears have been incredibly well in Europe at Ibrox, where the home fans have played a massive part. If they can secure a victory tonight, it will be a remarkable achievement.

Having said that, it is easier said than done, due to the gulf in quality between the two sides. But Rangers must not fear anyone on their home turf.

The Reds are heading into this game on the back of a 3-2 defeat against Arsenal, and they have not been at their best so far. So, there is a high chance, the Bears can get something out of this game.

In other Rangers news, Fabrizio Romano has shared what he’s been told about this player potentially quitting Ibrox in January for a big Premier League move.