Glasgow Rangers have the chance to redeem themselves today following an abject Champions League performance in midweek.
The Light Blues face a trip to Motherwell just four days after being thrashed 7-1 by Liverpool at Ibrox, and securing three Premiership points is all that matters, although a few goals for Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side wouldn’t go amiss.
There will be quite a few changes to the team that lined up under the floodlights on Wednesday, with Ryan Jack and Connor Goldson coming off against Liverpool with injuries that will rule them out for the long term.
Here is what we predict the Rangers starting XI to look like at Fir Park this afternoon.
We envisage four changes from the midweek defeat against Jurgen Klopp’s side.
In goal, Allan McGregor will once again start, despite shipping seven to Liverpool on Wednesday night. He excelled against the Reds a week earlier, making eight saves in the 2-0 loss at Anfield.
James Tavernier will occupy his usual right-back slot, while £5m summer signing Ridvan Yilmaz will make just his second Premiership start, replacing Borna Barisic at left-back. Leon King will start alongside Ben Davies, who should be fit to play at the heart of the defence following the injury to Goldson.
The middle of the park will also see some changes, with John Lundstram partnering Steven Davis in a central midfield duo filled with experience. The latter comes in for the injured Jack.
Scott Arfield will once again play just off the striker, while Fashion Sakala -who was “impressive” against Liverpool in the first half, according to Josh Bunting – will start on the right wing. Ryan Kent once again drops to the bench, with Neil McCann claiming that the £18k-per-week winger “disappeared” at Ibrox in midweek. Rabbi Matondo could come in replace him on the left wing.
Antonio Colak will lead the line, having netted 13 goals in 17 appearances since joining the Ibrox club in the summer, and he will fancy his chances of adding a few more today.
The match represents an opportunity for the Gers to build some much-needed confidence and secure a vital three points in the title race.