Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s Rangers side return to European action tonight as they look to progress to the next round of the Europa League.
The Gers face off against German giants Borussia Dortmund away from home in the first leg of their knockout clash with the Bundesliga outfit.
Van Bronckhorst’s men beat Annan Athletic 3-0 in their last outing as they made it through the Scottish Cup over the weekend.
How many changes will Gio make to the team? Here is our predicted XI…
We are predicting that he will make a whopping eight alterations to the side, with a host of first-team stars returning to the team.
The head coach rested a number of his first-choice options for the cup clash and we think that Allan McGregor, James Tavernier, Connor Goldson, Calvin Bassey, Glen Kamara, Joe Aribo, Ryan Kent and Alfredo Morelos will all come back from the side that beat Hibernian 2-0.
In terms of the changes from that match, we are predicting that Borna Barisic will start at left-back with Bassey moving into the middle. Leon Balogun has been ruled out through injury and this means that Goldson will need a new partner at centre-back, with Bassey potentially slotting in because of the unavailability of Filip Helander.
The Swedish international made his return from injury, and scored, against Annan but he was not included in the club’s Europa League squad and that means that he will be watching on from home this evening.
Bassey playing at centre-back then allows Barisic to start at left-back – retaining his place from the win over Annan after being on the bench to start with for the clash with Hibernian.
In midfield, John Lundstram could miss out with Aaron Ramsey retaining his place in the XI. The Welsh international picked up an assist against Annan and his vast experience in Europe for Arsenal and Juventus could be crucial to the Gers as he knows what it takes to perform at this level.
At the top end of the pitch, we are predicting that Fashion Sakala will keep his spot in the frontline whilst Kemar Roofe and Amad Diallo are axed in favour of Alfredo Morelos and Ryan Kent. Sakala is able to line up out on the right wing and has scored six goals in seven Premiership starts this term, which means that he could offer a goal threat from out wide whilst he also has the pace to cause problems on the counter attack.