Premiership leaders Rangers will be looking to continue their blistering run of form in the league when they take on Aberdeen at the Ibrox Stadium this weekend. The Gers are coming into this tie on the back of their most comprehensive victory of the campaign so far, where they went on to absolutely hammer Hamilton by an 8-0 scoreline. The likes of James Tavernier, Joe Aribo, Kemar Roofe and even Brandon Barker were all on the scoresheet, as Gerrard’s men ran riot before going into the last international break of 2020.
Yet to lose a single game across all competitions this season, Steven Gerrard’s men have been in inspired form all campaign, and their current league position is the perfect summation of just how well they’ve been playing. With a whopping nine-point gap between themselves and second-placed Celtic, the Gers will be quietly confident that they can build on that lead to pull away from the Hoops in the coming weeks. As good as some of their attacking play has been, it must be taken into account that they’ve only conceded three goals in the league all season.
Rangers have very few actual injury concerns to be worried about, as Nikola Katic remains the only long-term absentee. Another player who is a doubt for this clash is veteran midfielder Steven Davis, who was forced to leave international duty prematurely with what seemed like a slight niggle. Leon Balogun is another who suffered an injury scare over the last week, but the Nigerian international is expected to regain fitness in time for the weekend clash.
Here Is The Predicted 4-3-3 Rangers Lineup Vs Aberdeen:
Predicted 4-3-3 Rangers Lineup Vs Aberdeen
Jon McLaughlin was handed a rare start in their dominant victory against Hamilton prior to the international break, but there’s every chance that he drops back to the bench for this fixture. Instead, veteran stopper Allan McGregor could be brought back into the eleven. In front of him, Filip Helander could be handed a start, in place of Leon Balogun. Connor Goldson is yet to miss a minute of action this season, as that trend is sure to continue. James Tavernier and Borna Barisic have been the first-choice full-back options, and the duo could be opted for in this match as well.
With Steven Davis unlikely to make it back to fitness in time for the Aberdeen clash, Steven Gerrard could opt to bring Glen Kamara back into the team. Although Bongani Zungu remains an option as well, starting him in such a high-profile Premiership encounter might not be the smartest of ideas. Scottish midfield anchor Ryan Jack is expected to start alongside the Finland international, with Joe Aribo operating in a slightly more advanced role than the aforementioned engine room pairing.
Brandon Barker showed himself in a good light after coming on against Hamilton last time out, but that doesn’t mean that he’s going to start this weekend. Ianis Hagi could be given the nod instead, as the Romanian’s playing time has depleted considerably over the last number of weeks. Kemar Roofe should be handed the role of leading the line once again, after his starring performance in their last league match. The only constant in Steven Gerrard’s attack line this season has been Ryan Kent, and the Englishman is sure to start in this match as well.