By Peter Lynch

21st May, 2023 | 10:52am

Rangers confirmed XI vs Hibernian: Ianis Hagi starts, Alfredo Morelos nowhere to be seen in two changes

Rangers have confirmed their starting XI for the Scottish Premiership clash against Hibernian on Sunday (21 May).

Michael Beale has made two changes from the team that defeated Celtic 3-0 last Saturday (13 May).

The Gers travel to Easter Road to take on the Edinburgh-based outfit in what is their third last match of the season.

Robby McCrorie continues between the sticks following back-to-back clean sheets against Aberdeen and Celtic.

Captain James Tavernier continues at right-back, with Ridvan Yilmaz keeping his position in the starting XI at left-back, with the latter hoping to celebrate his 22nd birthday with a win.

Central defender John Souttar retains his place at the back for Beale, but youngster Leon King comes in for Connor Goldson.

Moving forward, Nicolas Raskin continues in central midfield, starting alongside Ryan Jack and John Lundstram once again.

And in the final third, Todd Cantwell unsurprisingly keeps his place following successive goals against Aberdeen and Celtic.

He is joined by fellow attacker Fashion Sakala, who also started against Celtic last time out, but Rabbi Matondo drops out for Ianis Hagi.

Exit-bound Alfredo Morelos isn’t in the squad at all. Neither is Ryan Kent.

Important test

While there is no silverware to play for, Rangers still have an important task ahead, with many players fighting for their futures at the club.

They will be full of confidence going into the game following the superb victory over fierce rivals Celtic, but their upcoming opponents will be more than up for the task at hand.

Hibs still have a lot to play for, with the club battling it out with Edinburgh rivals Hearts for a position as high up the table as possible.

The hosts will also be roared on by their fans, who will no doubt give the Rangers players the usual hostile reception.

There has always been a bit of needle between the two Scottish giants, so plenty of fireworks can be expected in the clash, even if the Gers have already clinched second place.

Beale will definitely be using the match to begin his squad build for next season, as well as perhaps providing some exciting youngsters with more minutes on the pitch.

In other Rangers news, one pundit ​​has slammed Alfredo Morelos for being “miles off it” this season and urged Everton to avoid signing the striker in the summer transfer window.