Glasgow Rangers are back in league action this afternoon, as they play host to Scottish Premiership rivals Celtic in a crunch Old Firm clash at the top of the table.
Rangers maintained their Premiership lead over Celtic with a hard-fought victory over St. Mirren as they avenged their early defeat to the Saints in the Betfred Cup.
The 54-time Scottish champions can inflict Neil Lennon’s second Old Firm defeat of this season by beating the Bhoys at Ibrox.
However, Gerrard faces some tough decisions after midfield duo Scott Arfield and Ryan Jack were ruled out of today’s action due to injury.
With that in mind, here is Football FanCast’s predicted starting line-up for Rangers this afternoon, which sees Gerrard make a couple of changes to the team that squeezed past the Saints.
Allan McGregor is expected to start in goal for Rangers this afternoon having been trusted for most Premiership and Europa League games this season.
It’s hard to imagine Gerrard making many changes to the back four, with Borna Barisic, Connor Goldson and James Tavernier likely to start.
Maybe Filip Helander could keep his place, but the Swedish centre-back was arguably the weakest link against Saints, so we’re backing 6 ft 3 colossus Leon Balogun to replace Helander in the heart of the defence.
As we mentioned earlier, both Arfield and Jack are unavailable for selection, which means Gerrard will most likely deploy a midfield three consisting of Glen Kamara, Steven Davis and Joe Aribo.
Having scored against Hibs, Ianis Hagi actually offered very little against Saints, so bringing Ryan Kent back to the left and switching Kemar Roofe to the right wing is surely a no-brainer, whilst Alfredo Morelos is likely to lead the line.
This means that Hagi will have to settle for a place on the bench – but don’t be surprised to see him feature as a substitute at some point in the second half.
AND in other news, Glasgow Rangers must recall £18k-p/w star to face Celtic in Old Firm derby…