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Morelos To Lead The Line? | Predicted 4-3-3 Rangers Lineup To Face Brondby

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A win against Brondby at Ibrox handed Rangers a lifeline in Europe following back to back defeats versus Lyon and Sparta Prague. They will travel to Denmark now to lock horns with the Boys from Vestegnen and a double over the Danish side might shed light on their knockout hopes.

It was a dominant display at home when they clinched a commanding 2-0 victory. Leon Balogun and Kemar Roofe were on target during the first half, however, the contest in Brøndbyvester won’t be a stroll in the park for Steven Gerrard’s juggernaut. They held Sparta to a stalemate in the opening fixture and a victory on Thursday night would alter a few equations.

Predicted 4-3-3 Rangers Lineup To Face Brondby  

Defence

Although there’s been rotation between the sticks, veteran Allan McGregor must get the nod over Jon McLaughlin due to his profound European experience. The 40-year-old custodian still has his reflexes as exhibited already on several occasions.

Skipper James Tavernier has his issues at the back, but his marauding runs from the right-hand flank, pinpoint crosses and goal-scoring ability can’t be compromised. However, the right-back must work on his defensive traits to retain his place in the wake of Nathan Patterson’s emergence. An injury to Filip Helander has left Gerrard with Connor Goldson and Leon Balogun as the only available central defensive options. Jack Simpson has not been included in the squad, whereas Calvin Bassey is more suited as an attacking fullback. Having said that, the latter might make way for Borna Barisic if the Croatian recovers from a ‘small issue’ ahead of the midweek encounter.

Rangers midfielder Joe Aribo in action against Brondby
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – OCTOBER 21: Joe Aribo of Rangers drives forward during the UEFA Europa League group A match between Rangers FC and Brondby IF at Ibrox Stadium on October 21, 2021 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images). The 4th Official uses images provided by the following image agency: Getty Images (https://www.gettyimages.de/) and Imago Images (https://www.imago-images.de/)

Midfield

The return of Steven Davis has restored stability between the sticks. The 36-year-old veteran dominated the midfield game in Rangers’ thumping 6-1 victory over Motherwell and his presence in a deep-lying role would allow the likes of Joe Aribo and Glen Kamara to operate in a box-to-box role and create goal-bound threats. Kamara is set to return from suspension and his technicality in the middle of the park would benefit the Gers in terms of controlling the tempo. Scott Arfield, John Lundstram and Juninho Bacuna remain the other midfield options who might get introduced as second-half substitutes.

Attack

Ianis Hagi should return to the starting XI to occupy the right-wing role as his link-up play, swift footwork and movements would cause a menace in Brondby half. Meanwhile, a hat-trick against Motherwell must have secured Fashion Sakala’s starting status. The Zambian is expected to feature from the left allowing Alfredo Morelos to retain the ‘number 9’ spot for his poaching attributes. Kemar Roofe might make a difference as a ‘super sub’ for his flexibility across the frontline.

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