Rangers return to Premiership action today as they will be looking to head back to winning ways domestically after their success in Europe.
Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s Gers were held to a 1-1 draw by Dundee United in their last league outing and now come up against Motherwell at Ibrox.
The Dutchman’s side progressed through to the next round of the Europa League on Thursday night as they beat Borussia Dortmund 6-4 on aggregate. They held the Bundesliga outfit to a 2-2 draw at home, with James Tavernier scoring both of the goals on the night.
How many changes will the manager make to the team that faced Dortmund? Here is our predicted XI…
We are predicting that he will make three alterations to the side, with Leon Balogun, Glen Kamara and Amad Diallo coming in.
Starting off at the back, Balogun could come in for Borna Barisic. Taking the Croatian out of the team will allow Calvin Bassey to move to left-back, where he produced a stunning piece of skill and cross to create James Tavernier’s second goal against Dortmund on Thursday.
Barisic was hauled off at half-time against the Germans after winning just one duel and completing 64% of his passes. This could lead to him being axed from the side in favour of Balogun, who will then be able to partner Connor Goldson at centre-back.
In midfield, van Bronckhorst may axe Ryan Jack from the XI in order to hand him a rest. The £12k-per-week gem only recently returned from injury and there is no need to risk overworking him when the Dutch head coach has so many options at his disposal.
Kamara can slot in at the base of the midfield with John Lundstram and Joe Aribo ahead of him, or the latter could play in the number 10 role ahead of the other two in holding positions. The Finland international is a proven performer at Premiership level, averaging a SofaScore rating of 7.03 this season in the division.
Finally, we are predicting that Amad Diallo will be handed an opportunity to impress on the right in favour of Scott Arfield. The on-loan Manchester United man has struggled since his arrival in January, starting just twice in the league, but this could be a chance for him to prove the doubters wrong and kickstart his career at Ibrox.