Rangers will be looking to make their way through to the next round of the UEFA Europa League as they return to action at Ibrox tonight.
Gio van Bronckhorst’s side head into their second-leg clash with Borussia Dortmund with a two-goal lead after beating the German outfit 4-2 away from home last week.
The Gers come into this game off the back of a disappointing result against Dundee United. They were held to a 1-1 draw in the Premiership and the Dutch head coach could look to freshen his side up.
How many changes will he make to the team? Here is our predicted XI…
We are predicting that he will make three alterations to the side, with Fashion Sakala, Leon Balogun and Glen Kamara all coming in.
Filip Helander will be taken out of the XI as he has not been registered to play in Europe. He made his first Premiership start after returning from injury at the weekend and looked as rusty as you would expect a player to be after so long out of action. The defender was caught out for the opening goal and made a few clumsy mistakes throughout.
Van Bronckhorst will now have to replace him and could go with Nigeria international Balogun alongside Connor Goldson. The centre-back has confirmed that he is available for selection and has been a machine in the Europa League this season, averaging a sublime SofaSsore rating of 7.25.
FFC published an article explaining why Sakala should be unleashed from the start. He has the pace to cause problems on the counter and that could result in £16k-per-week dud Scott Arfield being axed after a couple of disappointing displays in recent games.
Finally, Kamara could come in for Sunday’s goalscorer Joe Aribo in what may come across as a surprising change. Rangers have a two-goal lead to protect at home and there is no need for them to come flying out of the blocks to extend their advantage, with Dortmund now chasing the game from kick-off.
It could benefit the Gers to start off with a more defensive midfield three and look to hit on the counter with the pace of Kent and Sakala out wide. Kamara can sit just behind Ryan Jack and John Lundstram and provide a screen for the back four, instead of having Aribo in the number 10 role to facilitate attacks.
The ex-Charlton man could then be brought on in the second half to boost the forward line if Dortmund pull themselves back into the match and van Bronckhorst’s side need an injection of quality on the ball.