It was a lucky escape for Rangers against Hibernian when a late controversial spot-kick ensured all three points on Wednesday night at Easter Road. They are maintaining a steady lead over bitter rivals Celtic at the top of the Premier League standings, and therefore, must feel upbeat ahead of hosting Dundee at Ibrox.
Meanwhile, the Dark Blues have bounced back from a 4-2 defeat against the Hoops and registered successive home wins against Motherwell and St Johnstone. The Gers clinched an edgy 1-0 win in the reverse fixture at Dens Park and we expect another intriguing contest on Saturday afternoon under the tutelage of Giovanni van Bronckhorst.
Predicted 4-3-3 Rangers Lineup To Face Dundee
39-year-old Allan McGregor has cemented the ‘number 1’ status following an array of majestic outings. He grabbed a clean sheet against Hibs and is set for another start when the Light Blues would clash heads with the Dee.
With Leon Balogun still recovering from a knock, the manager must not risk him even if he is available for selection. Calvin Bassey has been promising so far in a makeshift central defensive role and the young Nigerian should retain his place in the heart of the backline alongside Connor Goldson. Skipper James Tavernier would once again feature from his preferred right-back role, whereas Borna Barisic is likely to operate from the left despite being a shadow of his earlier self so far this campaign. Nathan Patterson needs to stay patient and wait for his chances as a right fullback.
Although Steven Davis was restored deep down the midfield replacing Scott Arfield, the gaffer must rotate the iconic Northern Irishman with the versatile Canada international who has been a revelation in recent games. Glen Kamara would orchestrate from the base allowing Arfield to operate in a box to box role if he returns in the starting lineup. Joe Aribo should continue to impress with his tireless runs, link-up play and pressing game.
The Gers have ample attacking options in their ranks but would still rely on Alfredo Morelos high up the pitch as an outright ‘number 9’. Ianis Hagi has flourished down the right with his smart one-twos and cut insides, also the pace, dribbles and swift footwork of Ryan Kent must be menacing for the Dundee defence. The Englishman earned the penalty in the closing minutes of the Hibernian tie and the spot-kick was calmly converted by Kemar Roofe who might be deployed as a ‘super sub’ once more in the decisive moments of the weekend fixture.