Glasgow Rangers face an almighty challenge at Ibrox tonight as Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s men aim to avoid three defeats in a row.
By all accounts, the Dutchman should spring some big changes against Napoli, with several first-team players looking disinterested during their recent thrashings and there is plenty of talent on the bench and in the academy that would love to have an opportunity to shine.
What kind of side will we expect under the Ibrox floodlights? Here is what we are predicting…
Jon McLaughlin is injured for the tie so club legend Allan McGregor will make only his second start of the season and this could be a boost for the club, with the 35 having conceded eight goals in his last two matches.
The back four will see James Tavernier and Borna Barisic take up their usual role on the flanks, with Conor Goldson being partnered by 18-year-old Leon King, who will take over from James Sands following his poor performances of late. King has been dubbed a “Rolls Royce” by former Gers star Alan Hutton and he seems ready for the big stage.
The midfield three will consist of Ryan Jack playing in a deeper holding role, with John Lundstram and Glen Kamara ahead of him. This should hopefully add some solidity to the middle of the park and fend off Napoli’s attacking threat.
The biggest call for the manager will be on Ryan Kent, and his recent “misfiring” performances suggest he should be benched, despite the fact he has scored 30 goals for the club, with Rabbi Matondo to feature on the left. Mallick Tillman will replace Scott Wright on the right-hand side with Antonio Colak again leading the line as Alfredo Morelos gets up to match fitness.
Change is needed, whether or not a starting XI that features a different dynamic to it can bring about a performance that can kickstart the Ibrox side’s season remains to be seen.