Glasgow Rangers face Kilmarnock for the third time this season as the two old foes face off at Ibrox in the Scottish Premiership.
Rangers face the Rugby Park side at Govan today with Steven Gerrard looking for his side’s first win since the 1-0 win over St Johnstone after the 0-0 draw at Hamilton Academical.
Gerrard will be without Alfredo Morelos and Kemar Roofe for Saturday’s home meeting against Tommy Wright’s side. Both stars are out of the game at Ibrox after being banned by the Scottish FA for serious foul play, with the latter serving the first of a two-game suspension.
Other than that, however, they should be back to near full strength as Scott Arfield has made a full recovery from injury. The Canadian could be in contention to make his first start since the Boxing Day clash with Hibernian.
With that in mind, here is Football FanCast’s predicted line-up for Rangers to take on Kilmarnock this afternoon.
Allan McGregor is likely to keep his place in goal for Rangers when they host Killie on Saturday. The Gers No.1 goalkeeper has looked solid this season with Jon McLaughlin providing very little competition for his place.
Maybe Filip Helander could make way for Leon Balogun, but other than that the rest of the back four looks certain to stay the same as it was against Hamilton with Borna Barisic and Connor Goldson joined by club captain James Tavernier at right-back.
Balogun could be one of four changes made by Gerrard, who could lean on the expertise of Steven Davis and Ryan Jack at the expense of Bongani Zungu. The South African’s woes at Ibrox look set to continue after an error-strewn performance against the Accies.
Elsewhere, new recruit Scott Wright could come in for Ryan Kent to give the 24-year-old a break from duty. Kent has started 27 out of the past 28 Premiership fixtures which means Wright could make his first competitive start against Killie.
Gerrard is expected to stick with Cedric Itten despite Jermain Defoe returning to the fold. Itten started at New Douglas Park and is likely to get the nod again ahead of the veteran. This means that Joe Aribo could replace Ianis Hagi on the right-hand side of the attack, having provided a goal and an assist in his past four Premiership fixtures.
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