Rangers left it late to gather three points against St. Johnstone and they host Hibernian FC at the Ibrox next. The Hibs were able to get away with a draw when these two teams met the last time around even though Rangers were clearly the dominant side at Easter Road. However, Steven Gerrard would hope for a better performance than the one he saw yesterday against the Saints where they laboured to a 2-1 win.
Three points is an absolute necessity for the Gers so that they can keep up the pace with Celtic who leads the table by one point but have played a game less. A victory in this match would create more excitement for the upcoming Old Firm derby. However, Neil Lennon’s side on their day can beat anyone even though they are struggling at the 7th spot this season.
Borna Barisic came down with his third injury this season, and he could be out for quite some time now. Lee Wallace surprisingly made the bench and even got an appearance after Barisic came down with an injury. Graham Dorrans, Scott Arfield, Ryan Kent and Jamie Murphy are going to miss out due to various injuries.
Rangers predicted lineup vs Hibernian FC
Allan McGregor is a no-brainer to start in goal. We expect Gerrard to go back to the experienced Gareth McAuley in this tie to start in the heart of the defence. He should partner up with Connor Goldson in the centre back role. Andy Halliday might again have to fill in the left back spot. However, a fit Lee Wallace can also make a claim for that place. Captain Jamer Tavernier is a nailed on starter in the right back spot.
Ross McCrorie could start in the deepest role in midfield. Ryan Jack didn’t start in the last game so he should be fresh and ready for this tie to start in midfield. Lassana Coulibaly is likely to keep his place as there aren’t many alternatives for the manager after the injury to Arfield and departure of Ovie Ejaria.
Eros Grezda has impressed in parts, but he still needs some time to get going. Gerrard is likely to start with Glenn Middleton on the left flank. Daniel Candeias should keep his place on the right wing. Rangers’ rescue man Alfredo Morelos should lead the line once again, and he would once again have the onus of pulling his team through in this tough tie against the Hibs.