Despite the difficult weather conditions, Rangers snatched yet another massive win on Wednesday night as they defeated St. Johnstone 1-0, thanks to Ianis Hagi’s second-half strike. They are closing in on their first-ever Premiership crown in a decade but, at the same time, should stay focused and cautious ahead of their trip to SuperSeal to lock horns with bottom-placed Hamilton Academical.
The Accies had a late heartbreak against Ross County on Tuesday night in a massive relegation fixture. However, the show must go on, and the spirit exhibited by Brian Rice’s men suggests that they are ready to fight for survival until the very end of the ongoing campaign. The Gers dropped points a few weeks ago against a struggling Motherwell, and the same must not be repeated on Sunday lunchtime even though they are only a few wins away from an unbeaten league triumph.
Predicted 4-3-3 Rangers Lineup vs Hamilton Academical
Veteran Allan McGregor was instrumental between the sticks as he kept a cleansheet and secured all three points against the Saints. The Scotsman deserves first-team status ahead of Jon McLaughlin.
The arrival of Jack Simpson has added more depth and quality in the heart of the backline. But the former Bournemouth prodigy must wait for his chances and the stable central defensive pairing of Connor Goldson and Filip Helander should not be altered in the coming days. Skipper James Tavernier has been impressive from his right-back spot as he maintained his marauding runs and defensive discipline in the recent outings. Borna Barisic would be immense from the left with his link-up play, set-piece traits and pinpoint crosses.
Glen Kamara was rested versus St. Johnstone and was introduced in the closing minutes replacing Ianis Hagi. The Finnish ace must be restored in the middle of the park, and we might see Ryan Jack dropped considering he has returned from injury only a few days back. His gametime needs to be managed carefully, and the ever-present Steven Davis should operate from the deep to hold the shape and break down opponents’ moves. Both Davis and Kamara’s presence would allow Joe Aribo to link up with the front three more frequently.
Kemar Roofe featured as the ‘number 9’ in place of suspended Alfredo Morelos. On the other hand, Hagi registered a goal on his return and therefore, must have cemented his place from the right-hand flank. Ryan Kent would continue from the left as his pace, power and prowess are key to Rangers transition and dominance high up the pitch. Cedric Itten and new recruit Scott Wright might get involved if Steven Gerrard decides to bring them on at some stage of the game.