Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s Glasgow Rangers side head into Thursday evening’s Europa League clash knowing that they have already secured passage through to the knockout stage of the competition.
As such, the fixture presents the 46-year-old manager with a perfect opportunity to rotate his squad ahead of this weekend’s rather more important game against third-placed Hearts.
So, how many changes will Van Bronckhorst make to the side which started the 3-0 win over Dundee FC last time out? Here’s how we think Rangers could line up against Lyon, along with the latest team and injury news…
With Van Bronckhorst recently confirming that, aside from Leon Balogun and Filip Helander, he has a fully fit squad at his disposal, we predict the 46-year-old Gers boss will make eight changes to the team which lined up at Ibrox last time out.
The first of these comes between the sticks, with Jon McLaughlin replacing Allan McGregor, while James Tavernier is also rested on the right-hand side of the back four, with 20-year-old sensation Nathan Patterson taking the captain’s place.
Meanwhile, 17-year-old Leon King is handed his Europa League debut alongside Connor Goldson at centre-back, as the youngster who David McCallum claimed has a “massive presence” has been highly impressing for the club’s B team and U23 side so far this season.
In the middle of the park, John Lundstram and Steven Davis come in for Glen Kamara and Scott Arfield respectively, while, in the front three, both Fashion Sakala and Alfredo Morelos drop out of the XI – with both players one booking away from suspension in the competition.
As a result, Ryan Kent and Kemar Roofe come into the side, while Ianis Hagi also makes way for Scott Wright.