Wasteful Rangers dropped two league points against Motherwell last weekend, but they reacted sharply on Wednesday night by clinching a 2-0 League Cup win over Livingston. Steven Gerrard must aim for some momentum after a mixed start across competitions and the Gers would look to improve their away record on Saturday afternoon versus newly-promoted Dundee at Dens Park.
The Dees are back to the top tier of Scottish football but have failed to secure a victory so far in six games. They are currently rock-bottom in the Premiership standings (jointly with Ross County) and have endured a 6-0 humiliation from Celtic early into the campaign. Surprisingly, they have not lost a home tie (drew all three of them) yet and the inconsistent Rangers might encounter a tricky test against James McPake’s men.
Predicted 4-3-3 Rangers Lineup To Face Dundee
It’s tough to predict whom Gerrard would prefer on matchday between Allan McGregor and Jon McLaughlin. But the midweek cleansheet should see the latter retaining his place between the sticks for the Dundee fixture.
Skipper James Tavernier was introduced as a second-half substitute versus Livi replacing Nathan Patterson. The right fullback must be restored in the starting XI along with Borna Barisic down the left-hand side. Amid Filip Helander’s injury, Jack Simpson was supposed to step in and grab his opportunities. However, the former Bournemouth centre-half failed to impress against Motherwell and should be left out once again for the experienced central defensive pairing of Connor Goldson and Leon Balogun.
36-year-old Steven Davis was handed a much-deserved rest in their League Cup quarter-final victory. John Lundstram was impressive in the ‘midfield three’, but the Englishman is likely to be dropped to make way for the veteran Northern Irishman in the centre of the pitch. Glen Kamara has finally penned an extension until 2025 ahead of locking horns with his former employers. He would be one of the first names on the teamsheet alongside Joe Aribo given their technical traits, creative spark, vision and the ability to dictate the tempo.
Ianis Hagi shone on his return upon his COVID-19 recovery. The Romanian must occupy his usual right-wing slot in place of Scott Wright. Ryan Kent continues to be sidelined due to a hamstring injury and the gaffer should stick to his prime goalscorers Kemar Roofe and Alfredo Morelos high up the pitch. Roofe is tipped to operate from the left, whereas ‘El Bufalo’ would lead the line as always.