Rangers were pegged back by Aberdeen as they dropped points in the Premiership recently. Gerrard will look to use the anger of that game to bounce back against Celtic in the League Cup final this weekend. Celtic have won the last nine domestic trophies on offer and Rangers will look to stop them from making 10 in a row.
Rangers had succumbed to a 2-0 defeat in the derby earlier this season when many considered them to be the favourites. It is fair to say that the Hoops will go in as the favourites for this tie given their experience of winning trophies and their current form.
Gerrard though would be keen to get his hands on the first trophy of his managerial career, and a win to the Bears could give them a big mental boost even in the Premiership race. The last cup final between the two sides was played way back in 2011. Hence, we could be in for a special occasion at Hampden Park this weekend.
Team News: Gerrard doesn’t have too many injury concerns at the moment. However, Borna Barisic sat out the game against Aberdeen, and he is facing a race against time to be fit for the final. We expect him to be available. Jordan Jones is still working on his match fitness after recovering from a lengthy injury spell.
Rangers Predicted Lineup Vs Celtic
Allan McGregor will have a big part to play in goal, and his experience will be vital for the Gers. Connor Goldson and Filip Helander have come under fire for their recent performances, and Goldson particularly was poor against the Dons. However, Gerrard is unlikely to make a radical change for the final. Hence, the duo might continue again in defence.
James Tavernier is expected to keep his place at right-back. We are hoping that Borna Barisic is fit in time to play this final. He will start at left-back.
Steven Davis will start in the middle, and he will need to pick his game up after his poor performance against Aberdeen. Glen Kamara will likely return to the lineup in midfield. Ryan Jack has been one of the best players for Rangers so far, and he should complete the midfield three.
Ryan Kent should start from the left flank. He will have a chance to prove that he’s worth £7m and these are the kind of games where Gerrard would expect him to step up. The right-wing spot could be a dilemma for the Gers. Gerrard might opt for the experience and tenacity of Arfield.
Alfredo Morelos is yet to score against Celtic in his career, and this tie could be the best time to score to shut some of his naysayers. The Colombian will lead the line.