Glasgow Rangers are back in action this afternoon, as they travel to Falkirk to take on the Bairns in the Betfred Cup.
Steven Gerrard is expected to ring the changes for the trip to face Falkirk in the Scottish League Cup.
The Ibrox boss has the perfect opportunity to rest key players like Borna Barisic, Ryan Kent and James Tavernier, with the latter two having played every game this season so far.
However, the club captain may not be afforded such a luxury as his understudy Nathan Pattterson has been forced to self-isolate, which means that he is unavailable for selection. However, both Barisic and Kent could be given a well-deserved break, which will allow Gerrard to give some of his fringe players a chance.
Here is Football FanCast’s predicted line-up for the Scottish League Cup clash.
As we mentioned earlier, Rangers assistant manager Gary McAllister has hinted that there will be significant changes to the starting line-up, as there’s no point in risking injuries and leaving players at home means that the squad will be fresh and ready to face Standard Liege in the Europa League, as Gerrard’s side are gunning for the knockout stages.
Veteran goalkeeper Allan McGregor has started every single game since the international break, but we’re backing Jon McLaughlin to push for a recall.
This means that the 33-year-old will take his place between the sticks behind what is likely to be a much-changed back four. Both Borna Barisic and Connor Goldson could be given a rest, which means that they will be replaced by Calvin Bassey and Filip Helander.
Kent has been ruled out of action due to injury, whilst Joe Aribo remains a doubt as well, which has created opportunities for others to impress Gerrard.
The Ibrox boss could hand Bafana-Bafana midfielder Bongani Zungu his first start for the Light Blues at the Falkirk Stadium alongside the in-form Glen Kamara and Scott Arfield.
Up front, asking Kemar Roofe to play again may be a step too far, especially when you consider the fact that he has already had to deal with various issues so far this season, so bringing in Ianis Hagi on the right wing to join Jermain Defoe and Brandon Barker makes sense.
Cedric Itten could also be in contention to start with Hagi still seeking fitness, but we think the Romania international will potentially replace Roofe on the right flank.