It would not be absurd to underline that Pedro Caixinha’s revolutionary measures at the Ibrox Stadium have been paying decent dividends, although there are many areas to improvise. The Gers are placed 3rd in the league table with 17 points to their name and a gap of 6 points separating them from their arch-rivals Celtic.
This weekend, attention shifts from Scottish Premiership to Scottish League Cup, for Rangers are due to face Motherwell in the semi-final of the Scottish League Cup at the Hampden Park. Here is how we expect Rangers to line-up against Steve Robinson’s men on Sunday in what promises to be a nail-biting encounter at the onset.
Wes Foderingham has been a reliable custodian between the sticks for the Glasgow based club and he should continue to keep the gloves against the Steelmen this weekend. Ahead of him, we expect a four-man defensive wall.
James Tavernier is expected to be stationed at the right-back slot, although he has been criticized of late for over-committing himself forward way too often. He has to cater to his defensive duties in a better manner. On the other side, Declan John is likely to be given the nod to start ahead of Lee Wallace.
At the heart of the defence of Caixinha’s tactical nous, we feel that the commendable duo of Bruno Alves and Fabio Cardoso would start, for these two summer signings have offered a lot of quality to the backline and they must offer a lot of resilience in the upcoming game.
The central midfield is expected to be filled by the pairing of Graham Dorrans and Ryan Jack who will need to cushion the backline and to also create attacking endeavours for their employers so that they can force the opposition onto their back foot.
From the right-wing, Daniel Candeias should start whereas from the left flank, we expect JoshWindass to be given a game under his belt. The wingers would be handed the responsibility of jotting chances for their side, dish out juicy deliveries into the box and stretch Motherwell’s defensive line as much as they possibly can.
Right up front, the former Al-Gharafa boss might station Alfredo Morelos who would be keen to smash a goal or two to further enhance his credibility. As a secondary striker, Carlos Pena is an excellent asset to have for the Light Blues and they might pencil him in their starting line-up against Motherwell.