Rangers travel to Kilmarnock this evening with the pressure perpetually rising in the race for the SPFL title.
The Gers go into the clash seven points adrift of league leaders Celtic – albeit with a game in hand – and will be aiming to keep the pressure on their Glasgow rivals by clinching another three points.
Since returning from the winter break in Dubai, Steven Gerrard’s side have struggled to emulate the level of intensity and attacking verve they were regularly displaying at the end of 2019, and with that said it’s vital that he establishes his strongest starting XI as soon as possible.
Considering Rangers have only beaten Kilmarnock three times in their past ten visits to Rugby Park, this is unlikely to be anything other than a tricky 90 minutes of football for the travelling outfit.
The title chasing outfit secured their passage into the quarter final of the Scottish Cup on Sunday but FFC are expecting Gerrard to make two key changes to the side that beat Hamilton 4-1.
The two changes involve Andy Halliday and Ryan Jack, who come into the side to replace Borna Barisic and Glenn Kamara respectively.
Gerrard has claimed the Croatia international is “50-50” to be involved tonight and is likely to face a late fitness test before a decision is made.
With that in mind, it’s likely that an alternative option will need to fill in at left-back, and Halliday’s involvement on Sunday suggests he’ll get the nod over Jon Flanagan.
Ryan Jack, however, is fit to play and could return to the starting XI in place of Glenn Kamara, who has struggled for form in recent weeks.
Providing balance and defensive solidity in a midfield pivot role, Jack should lend Ianis Hagi greater freedom to express himself in the final third.