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Barisic Dropped, Morelos To Lead The Line | Predicted 4-3-3 Rangers Lineup To Face Hearts

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A shambolic defeat against Celtic on Wednesday night has cost Rangers the top of the table spot in the Premiership standings. They must regroup for the upcoming fixtures and start winning games to stay afloat in the title hunt. It won’t be a stroll in the park for the Gers on Sunday afternoon when they would host Hearts at Ibrox.

The Jam Tarts have been in fine form since gaining promotion last year. They held Gers to a 1-1 draw in October, and the gaffer Giovanni van Bronckhorst needs to work on his tactics and game plan to avoid more misery going forward.

Predicted 4-3-3 Rangers Lineup To Face Hearts

Defence

Allan McGregor conceded thrice in the Old Firm derby but, at the same time, pulled off a few crucial saves overcoming his shambles against Ross County. Unless the Light Blues deliver a resolute defensive display, the 40-year-old custodian might undergo another tricky test this weekend.

Borna Barisic was disastrous down the left, and the manager was forced to take him off at the break. The Croatian might make way for Calvin Bassey, who is more effective as a fullback thanks to his lively runs and attacking expertise. Skipper James Tavernier should balance his game between defence and attack, whereas Leon Balogun should feature in the heart of the backline alongside Connor Goldson.

Rangers striker Kemar Roofe heads the ball
Rangers’s Scottish forward Kemar Roofe (3L) challenges Lyon’s French defender Hugo Vogel (C) during the UEFA Europa League first round day 6 group A football match between Olympique Lyonnais (OL) and Glasgow Rangers FC at the Groupama stadium in Decines-Charpieu near Lyon, central eastern France on December 9, 2021. (Photo by JEFF PACHOUD / AFP) (Photo by JEFF PACHOUD/AFP via 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

Although they were outplayed entirely in the centre of the pitch, Glen Kamara and Joe Aribo must retain their place given their expertise, work ethic and vision. Kamara is likely to operate as a deep-lying playmaker, and Aribo, Rangers‘ player of the season so far, should be handed a free role in the middle of the park.

Aaron Ramsey might not be fit enough to start games immediately, and the Ibrox chief is expected to rely on veteran Scott Arfield to add more experience centrally. John Lundstram, Ryan Jack and James Sands must wait for the opportunities as the understudy to the preferred midfield stars.

Attack

Alfredo Morelos has rejoined the group after his Colombia duty. The striking sensation is in line to spearhead the Gers’ attack. New winter signing Amad Diallo should be deployed from the right-hand flank despite an underwhelming display against the Hoops. Ryan Kent is not at his best since Steven Gerrard’s departure, and the ex-Liverpool winger must uplift the game to justify his reputation. Kemar Roofe, Cedric Itten, Fashion Sakala and Scott Wright might get involved as ‘super subs’ if the situation demands.

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