Glasgow Rangers return to action this afternoon as they take on Scottish Premiership rivals Hibernian at Ibrox on Saturday.
Steven Gerrard’s side beat St. Johnstone last time out but it’s back to the drawing board for the Ibrox boss as he chases the elusive league title.
Gerrard rang a couple of surprise changes for the trip to Perth, which means several first-team regular starters could be available for selection, including Scott Arfield and Alfredo Morelos, who has served his two-match ban after being found guilty of violent conduct by the SFA.
With that in mind, here’s our predicted starting lineup for this afternoon’s action, which sees Gerrard make three changes to the team that thumped the Saints.
It’s hard to tell where the changes will be made, such is their strength in depth, but what’s certain is the Ibrox boss will most likely bring Leon Balogun back into the fold after making a few small tweaks against the Saints.
Allan McGregor will keep the gloves again behind a back four consisting of Balogun, Borna Barisic, Connor Goldson and James Tavernier, with Filip Helander dropping to the bench.
Gerrard faces some tough decisions as he looks to extend their lead over Celtic as they’ll be desperate to build on their newfound momentum having beaten both Motherwell and St. Johnstone in quick succession.
Asking Steven Davis to play again may be a big ask, although Bongani Zungu has offered very little as of late, so we reckon Gerrard will stick with the veteran at the base of the midfield and bringing the fit-again Scott Arfield back into the starting XI alongside Davis and the in-form Glen Kamara makes sense.
Kemar Roofe started upfront against St. Johnstone, but switching Roofe back to the right and keeping Ryan Kent on the left could be a tempting option, with Morelos likely to lead the line.
This means that there is no place for Ianis Hagi despite his heroics against the Saints with Morelos still trying to find his best form.
AND in other news, Glasgow Rangers defender Borna Barisic stole the show vs St. Johnstone…