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Predicted Rangers XI vs Hearts

Rangers manager Gio van Bronckhorst will be looking to continue his unbeaten start to life in Glasgow as his side returns to Scottish Premiership action today.

The Gers travel away to face Hearts as they have the chance to move seven points clear at the top of the table before Celtic play later in the day.

Van Bronckhorst’s team come into this match off the back of a 1-1 draw in their final Europa League group stage outing against Ligue 1 side Lyon.

Will Rangers beat Hearts?

Yes

Yes

No

No

How many changes will he make for the game? Here is our predicted XI…

We are predicting that he will make three alterations to the side, with James Tavernier, Allan McGregor and Alfredo Morelos returning to the team.

In between the sticks, McGregor could come in to replace Jon McLaughlin. The 39-year-old has been in fine form of late with some impressive performances for the Gers, receiving SofaScore ratings of 7.3 or higher in three of his last four appearances for the club, which could tempt the Dutchman into bringing him back into the fold for this clash.

At right-back, Nathan Patterson could be axed from the team after his frustrating display in France. As per SofaScore, he was dribbled past a whopping four times and made one error leading to a shot on goal, although he did complete five of his six attempted dribbles and won nine duels in total.

Tavernier, meanwhile, has only been dribbled past eight times in 14 Premiership outings, making zero errors leading to shots on his goal. The £24k-per-week gem also has three goals and ten assists from right-back, highlighting the immense quality he can provide from that area of the pitch and why Gio should unleash him ahead of Patterson today.

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Finally, we are predicting that Alfredo Morelos will replace Kemar Roofe at the top end of the pitch. The latter was given the opportunity to impress whilst leading the line against Lyon on Thursday and put in a worrying performance through the middle. As per SofaScore, he lost eight of his 11 duels, created zero chances and registered zero shots on target in 73 minutes on the pitch.

Therefore, he could be axed from the starting XI to allow the Colombian bulldozer to come back in. Morelos has three goals and one assist in his last four outings for the Gers and could come in and offer more than the ex-Leeds man in the number nine role.

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