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Glasgow Rangers: Predicted Light Blues XI to take on Hearts

Glasgow Rangers return to action at Ibrox in the Scottish Premiership tonight as they take on Hearts in the penultimate match before the World Cup break.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst is under pressure after losing his last two games, against Ajax and St. Johnstone, and should be hoping to secure all three points this evening.

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The Light Blues were beaten 2-1 by the Saints away from home last weekend and The Athletic’s Jordan Campbell claimed that a section of the supporters were chanting for the manager to lose his job during the game.

Rangers are now seven points behind their bitter rivals Celtic at the top of the Premiership table after that defeat and fans are seemingly unhappy with the growing gap between the two teams.

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We are predicting that the Dutchman will make three alterations to the starting line-up by bringing in McCann, Morelos and Wright for James Sands, Fashion Sakala, and Malik Tillman.

FFC published an article explaining why van Bronckhorst should unleash his two strikers against Hearts and this could result in a formation change to a 4-4-2 to accommodate Colak and his Colombian teammate.

In midfield, Rangers’ 20-year-old academy graduate McCann could come in to provide an added goalscoring threat from the middle of the park.

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Gio van Bronckhorst coaching on the touchline for Rangers

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Sands is a defensive midfielder by trade, with zero goals in his club career, and Tillman has scored once in his last 16 games for the club, as an attacking midfielder.

Meanwhile, the former Manchester United gem has racked up 21 goals and ten assists at youth and senior club level and could improve the Light Blues’ chances of scoring.

Sakala, who was once described as a “firework” by Alan Hutton, will not be available for selection after picking up an injury last weekend and that means that he will miss out tonight, which opens up the door for Scott Wright to come in.

The Scottish winger has made 12 appearances in the Premiership and Champions League so far this season and van Bronckhorst could start him out wide on the right to provide natural width in a 4-4-2 set-up – putting him in positions to cross for Morelos and Colak.

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