Premiership giants Rangers have started the current league season in sensational fashion. Not only do they sit at the top of the table, but they have successfully created a nine point gap between themselves and Celtic, albeit having played a couple of extra games. While their attacking play has been excellent since this new campaign kicked off, it must be conceded that Rangers’ biggest selling point has been their defensive security.
The combination of Connor Goldson and Filip Helander has worked magic at the back, with Leon Balogun acting as an able alternative to the latter as well. If Steven Gerrard’s men are able to maintain this level of form, then it’s only a matter of time before they start pulling away from Celtic in what promises to be an interesting Premiership title race this season. With the Hoops searching for their tenth straight title win in a row as well, the Gers will have the added motivation of trying to deny their fiercest rivals of what could well be their biggest ever achievement.
Here is the strongest XI Rangers can use upon returning to league action:
Strongest XI Rangers Can Use Upon Returning To League Action
Despite the summer signing of Scottish international goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin, Steven Gerrard has understandably placed his trust in McGregor this season as well. The veteran hasn’t let him down and is hence likely to keep his place.
Rangers skipper James Tavernier has undoubtedly been their most influential player this season. Scoring goals at an almost inhuman pace for a defender, there’s no chance that anyone forces him down to the bench anytime in the near future.
The Englishman has been a perpetual rock at the back for Rangers so far and is unlikely to be dropped from the eleven unless there’s an injury in the equation. His aerial dominance and general footballing know-how have been crucial to their success.
As good as Helander has been for the most part, it must be argued that Balogun’s experience and physical prowess make him a better option. Helander has even made the odd mistake along the way while Balogun has been top class whenever he has played.
The fact that the speedster is a regular starter for the Croatian national team alone should be enough to convince Gerrard of his credibility. Capable of defending and providing good support in attack too, Barisic’s importance to the team can’t be underplayed.
The Scottish midfielder has very much been the Celts’ midfield anchor all season, as he offers the perfect balance of offensive creativity as well as defensive security. Probably the only midfielder in the side who is sure to remain a mainstay.
Although Bongani Zungu is probably a decent shout, his lack of experience at this level means that he could take time to settle in. Davis, though, is a seasoned veteran of the Scottish game now, and his passing range is right up there with the best.
Although Gerrard hasn’t depended on him too much down the flank of late, there’s no denying the fact that Hagi is the most naturally gifted footballer in the Gers’ roster. The Romanian’s technique and finesse are sure to make their presence vital in the attack.
The Nigerian attacker missed a chunk of the early part of the season due to injury but has since done well to make it back into the eleven. Capable of finding that killer pass or carrying the ball into the area himself, the goal threat that Aribo offers is sure to be key.
The former Liverpool academy product’s exploits in attack need no explanation, as the sheer pace and directness he offers are unmatched by anyone in the Rangers team. He is also capable of taking on and beating any defender that faces up to him.
Although Alfredo Morelos’ importance to the team cannot be underplayed, it could be argued that the Jamaican is a more complete all-around striker than the Colombian. Not only is he a good finisher in the box, but he also possesses the required physical attributes.