Glasgow Rangers face arguably their biggest test of the season so far this evening in the Champions League.
Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s men take on Liverpool at Anfield and even though Jurgen Klopp’s men aren’t exactly in the best form, winning just three of their Premier League and Champions League matches this season, it will still be a tough task.
With the Light Blues’ European ambitions this season arguably resting on whether or not they can secure a positive result against the Reds tonight, thoughts turn to who will start the match.
Here is what we are predicting the Rangers starting XI will be under the Anfield floodlights…
Van Bronckhorst confirmed yesterday that Allan McGregor “will continue in goal” so he will be between the posts for the second Champions League match in a row.
The back four will feature James Tavernier and Borna Barisic flanking a central defensive duo of Connor Goldson and Ben Davies. James Sands is suspended for the match tonight due to his sending-off against Napoli, therefore Davies will face his former team.
The midfield area will be key in the battle tonight, and Van Bronckhorst should ditch Ryan Jack in favour of the experience of Steven Davis, with the former underwhelming in recent weeks. John Lundstram will slot in alongside him.
The right-wing position seems to be a battle between Scott Wright and Rabbi Matondo, but the Scotsman should be given the nod, with Ryan Kent lining up on the left wing as per usual, hopefully, full of confidence following his performance against Hearts, which included his first goal this season.
American Malik Tillman must come back into the starting XI to play in an attacking midfield role. He scored and grabbed an assist in the qualifiers, with the youngster looking like he has the potential to shine on the big stage.
The biggest decision of the night is arguably who leads the line for Rangers. It is harsh on Antonio Colak, who scored a brace against Hearts, but Alfredo Morelos loves a big European night and simply has to be unleashed against Liverpool.
Joshua Barrie claimed the striker “loves a goal” after he netted at the weekend, and the 26-year-old could be primed to score his first ever goal in the group stages of the Champions League.
The match represents an opportunity for Rangers to prove they can cut it at the highest level and much will depend on who the Dutchman selects to start. With both teams’ respective forms, it could go either way.