Rangers travel away from Ibrox tonight as they face the exciting prospect of a Europa League semi-final first-leg match in Germany.
The Gers have enjoyed a sensational season in Europe and are now in with a shot of reaching the final as they clash with RB Leipzig on Thursday night.
Gio van Bronckhorst’s men can put one foot through the door with a win tonight ahead of the second-leg in Glasgow next week and they come into the game off the back of a 3-1 win over Motherwell in the Premiership.
How many changes will the head coach make to the team from that match? Here is our predicted XI…
We are predicting that he will make five alterations to the side, with Calvin Bassey, Ryan Jack, John Lundstram, Ryan Kent and Joe Aribo all coming in.
Starting off at the back, we published an article explaining why Bassey must be unleashed at centre-back to replace Leon Balogun – who was sent off against Motherwell. The veteran, who Sir Kenny Dalglish previously dubbed a “leader”, will be available to play as he now faces a domestic suspension but we are backing the head coach to axe him for this match.
In midfield, Jack and Lundstram should both come in for Scott Arfield and Steven Davis. The pair started together in the middle of the park in the wins against Braga, Red Star Belgrade and Borussia Dortmund in the earlier rounds of the competition.
This suggests that Van Bronckhorst has found the winning formula in midfield with the British duo and, therefore, they should both start against Leipzig in Germany tonight.
On the right, Aribo may come in for Amad Diallo. We published an article explaining why the Ivorian should be dropped from the starting XI and replaced by the former Charlton attacking midfielder as part of the front three.
Finally, we are predicting that Kent will come in on the left for Scott Wright. The gem, who Steven Gerrard dubbed a “constant threat”, has one goal and four assists in 10 outings in the competition and has the quality to be the difference-maker with his creativity, which is why he should start.
AND in other news, Gio van Bronckhorst provides big pre-UEL Rangers injury update…