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Gerrard To Make No Change? | Predicted 4-3-3 Rangers Lineup To Face Aberdeen

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Fans must be jubilant for Saturday lunchtime when champions Rangers would host Aberdeen at Ibrox. The Gers must sign off in style by maintaining the unbeaten status and lift the coveted Premiership crown after years of despair. A draw would be enough to attain a 100-point campaign, but the upbeat Bears must go for a win to make the occasion memorable.

The Dons won’t finish third this term following a midweek 1-0 defeat against Hibernian. But they have already cemented a fourth-place finish and are hoping to improve things further under new boss Stephen Glass next season onwards. A headstrong display from Aberdeen on the road might spoil Rangers’ title party to a certain extent.

Predicted 4-3-3 Rangers Lineup To Face Aberdeen

Defence

Jon McLaughlin has been commendable in limited opportunities as he registered yet another clean sheet in their 3-0 win against Livingston. Steven Gerrard should give him the nod once again in order to promote him as Allan McGregor’s successor between the sticks.

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With Nathan Patterson suspended, there’s little scope of experiment down the right-hand side of Rangers’ ‘back four’. Skipper James Tavernier should keep on causing problems with his relentless runs, crosses and scoring traits, whereas Connor Goldson is likely to be lined up with Jack Simpson once again in the heart of the defence. Filip Helander, Nikola Katic and Leon Balogun are still recovering from their respective injury woes, also the absence of Borna Barisic [thigh] and Calvin Bassey [suspended] might force the gaffer to deploy Joe Aribo as a makeshift left fullback.

Midfield

With Ryan Jack fighting to get back to fitness prior to the 2021-22 campaign, 36-year-old Steven Davis has been a revelation deep down the midfield with his energy, expertise and excellence. He has been outrageous all season and would orchestrate the show for one last time before lifting the silverware. Ianis Hagi did well from behind the attacking third and the technicality of Glen Kamara must be utilized to dominate the game in the centre of the pitch.

Attack

Gerrard has an array of attacking options in his ranks. Kemar Roofe has been impressive from the right-hand flank and the presence of Ryan Kent on the left make Rangers a lethal force down the wings. Alfredo Morelos should spearhead the attack ahead of Cedric Itten or Jermain Defoe and the likes of Scott Wright and Greg Stewart might get some minutes against their former employers.

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