Rangers face Hibernian at Hampden in the semi-final of the Scottish League Cup as the players look to impress new manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst.
The Dutchman is set to officially take charge of the team on Monday but could be watching on from the stands to take stock of the options he will have at his disposal.
Jermain Defoe, B-team boss David McCallum and his assistant Brian Gilmour, and goalkeeping coach Colin Stewart will be in the dugout instead, following the club’s 4-2 win over Ross Country prior to the international break.
How many changes will Defoe and co make to the side? Here is our predicted XI…
We are predicting that they will make four alterations to the team, with Jon McLaughlin, Alfredo Morelos, Borna Barisic and Glen Kamara coming in.
Starting in between the sticks, we are predicting that Allan McGregor will be axed from the XI to make way for McLaughlin. We published an article explaining why this change could take place, with the 39-year-old’s poor form this season potentially leading to him being placed on the bench.
At left-back, van Bronckhorst could see a bit of himself in Borna Barisic. The Croatian is capable of providing goals and assists from full-back, much like the Dutchman was during his playing days and could add an extra attacking threat from the defence. Barisic has seven goals and 34 assists in 125 games for Rangers, whilst van Bronckhorst managed 35 goals and 27 assists at Feyenoord as a player.
In midfield, Glen Kamara could come in to replace John Lundstram. Joe Aribo and Juninho Bacuna both scored against Ross County and that could seal their places in the side, with the Finland international coming in to freshen up the midfield with his composed play.
Finally, Ianis Hagi lost five of his nine duels and failed to chip in with a goal or assist in the 4-2 win over Ross County and that could open the door for Alfredo Morelos to start. This could allow Fashion Sakala to move out wide, with Kent on the other flank, with the Colombian taking the number nine position, having been rested in the club’s last competitive outing.