Rangers will be looking to challenge for the Scottish Cup this season. Their next fixture sees them take on League One side Cove Rangers at Ibrox on Sunday evening and it seems likely that Steven Gerrard will make plenty of changes to his line-up.
Although the international break means that plenty of Rangers’ first team have had a welcome break before the final few fixtures of the season, there were also several regulars such as Glen Kamara, Filip Helander and Borna Barisic who have featured heavily for their national teams over the past two weeks.
Therefore, it seems likely that Gerrard will rotate his team heavily for game at Ibrox on Sunday, although he will have to be wary of the threat of Paul Hartley’s side, who have already knocked out Championship opposition in Alloa Athletic en route to the third round.
Here’s how we think Gerrard will line his side up on Sunday, with six changes from the team which started in the Old Firm derby last time out…
Jon McLaughlin makes a rare start in between the sticks as he comes in for Allan McGregor, who is handed a deserved rest.
There is one change in the defence as Jack Simpson makes his first Rangers start in place of Filip Helander, who is rested, whilst Leon Balogun and Borna Barisic continue at full-back due to both Nathan Patterson and Calvin Bassey being suspended.
There’s one change in midfield as Scott Arfield replaces Steven Davis, who should probably sit this one out after playing 90 minutes in both of Northern Ireland’s games against Italy and Bulgaria recently.
Finally, it’s all change in attack as Kemar Roofe starts on the right in place of Ianis Hagi, whilst the “constant threat” of Ryan Kent will hopefully be replaced by Scott Wright, who also makes his first start in Rangers colours, with Cedric Itten starting ahead of Alfredo Morelos in Gerrard’s final change.