Rangers have conquered the Premiership crown after a decade of despair and agony. Steven Gerrard has galvanized the Gers since taking charge a few years back and the gaffer is now on a mission to surpass their European success of last season ahead of locking horns with Slavia Praha at Sinobo Stadium.
Rangers are still unbeaten in Europe but must expect a stern test on the road in this crucial Europa League Round of 16 contest (first leg). The red and whites have stunned Leicester City in the previous round and would look to secure a result on Thursday night to be in the driver’s seat before travelling to Ibrox a week later.
Predicted 4-3-3 Rangers Lineup To Face Slavia Praha
There’s no possibility of a rotation between the sticks with Allan McGregor proving his excellence almost twice a week. The custodian would turn 40 next years but is still going strong with his stewardship and expertise in the last line of defence.
The absence of skipper James Tavernier is a major blow for the Bears as he is still sidelined and facing a race against time to be fit for the Old Firm derby later this month. Nathan Patterson has done well though since getting reintegrated following a suspension and therefore, should keep hold of the right-back spot against the Czech champions. Leon Balogun is back in action and should replace Filip Helander in the heart of the backline due to his experience of the highest order. Connor Goldson has been colossal throughout the campaign, whereas the marauding runs, crosses and set-piece traits of Borna Barisic would be crucial from the left-hand flank.
Steven Davis has been deployed extensively this season, particularly due to the persistent injury problems of Ryan Jack. The Scotsman is closing in on a return but the manager must not risk him even if he is declared fit prior to their midweek encounter. Davis should orchestrate the show from his central role, also the presence of Glen Kamara would inject technicality in the middle of the park. Scott Arfield, with all his versatility and directness, deserves a nod from the start in such a tricky outing.
Kemar Roofe is not available yet and the responsibilities would be on Alfredo Morelo once more to spearhead the attack and find the net. Joe Aribo has offered flexibility since joining the Glasgow giants and might start from the right-hand flank replacing Ianis Hagi despite the latter finding the net last weekend against St. Mirren. Aribo brings in more work ethics and creative spark thanks to his mobility and link-up football, but the eyes will be on Ryan Kent who has been exquisite in recent weeks with his pace, power and prowess from the left-wing slot.