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Rangers: Predicted Light Blues XI to face PSV

Glasgow Rangers turn their attention back to Europe tonight as they attempt to qualify for the group stages of the Champions League.

The Gers face PSV away from home in the second leg of their play-off match, after drawing 2-2 at Ibrox last week, and the winner of tonight’s match will be in the draw for the groups.

Gio van Bronckhorst’s men did not have an ideal preparation for this clash as they were held to a 2-2 draw by Hibernian in the Premiership at the weekend and had John Lundstram and Alfredo Morelos shown straight red cards.

How many changes will the head coach make from that Scottish top-flight outing? Here is our predicted XI…

Jon McLaughlin; James Tavernier (C), James Sands, Connor Goldson, Borna Barisic; John Lundstram, Steven Davis, Scott Arfield; Malik Tillman, Antonio Colak, Ryan Kent

We are tipping the manager to stick with the same backline, including the goalkeeper, as Ridvan Yilmaz misses out on a start.

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Sands should keep his place at the heart of the defence as he continues to cover for summer signings John Souttar and Ben Davies, who are both missing for this match due to injury.

In midfield, we are predicting that van Bronckhorst will opt for experience and bring in both Arfield and Davis alongside Lundstram, with Tom Lawrence and Ryan Jack dropping to the bench.

Davis, 37, was key in the first leg and FFC published an article explaining why he should come back into the XI, whilst Arfield, 33, has two goals and one assist in four Premiership outings this season and can offer hard-work and know-how from the start.

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Gio van Bronckhorst coaching on the touchline for Rangers

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This would allow Lawrence, who has scored three goals for the Gers this term, to offer quality and fresh legs off the bench in the second half.

The final change we are predicting is the “impressive“, as he was dubbed by Jordan Campbell, Malik Tillman coming in for Rabbi Matondo on the right.

Football FanCast recently published an article explaining why the 20-year-old American machine could be a match-winner for the Gers and his presence would leave the electrifying” – as described by Ryan Giggs – pace of the Welshman to provide a spark off the bench if required, running at tired legs towards the end of the match.

At the top end of the pitch, Colak should keep his place as the starting number nine. Alfredo Morelos has been omitted from the squad amid concerns over his application and fitness and this has left the Croatian as the only striker available.

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