A heavy defeat against bitter rivals Celtic cost Rangers the top of the table spot, but they are now back in business with a thumping 5-0 win against hosted Hearts on Sunday evening. But there is no room for complacency in the Gers’ camp ahead of locking horns with Hibernian on Wednesday night.
Hibs are not having the best of run lately as they failed to grab a victory in their last five Premiership outings. They eliminated Rangers from the League Cup semis but lost twice against them so far this season in the previous league meetings. There might be more misery awaiting for Shaun Maloney’s men if the Glasgow giants show similar ruthlessness as they did to their Edinburgh rivals over the weekend.
Predicted 4-2-3-1 Rangers Lineup To Face Hibernian
The clean sheet against Hearts must have relieved Allan McGregor after a couple of difficult games. The veteran custodian must retain his place between the sticks and lead the Light Blues from the last line of defence.
The return of Leon Balogun in the heart of the backline has restored composure, balance as well as experience. The Nigerian should continue partnering with Connor Goldson as the preferred central defensive pairing, whereas Calvin Bassey must feature from the left once again ahead of Borna Barisic. Skipper James Tavernier is expected to frustrate the visitors with his overlapping runs, crosses, cut insides and attacking expertise from the right-hand flank.
Giovanni van Bronckhorst made some alterations in midfield on Sunday evening. He has ample options in his ranks and the fans must be waiting for Aaron Ramsey’s full debut after a cameo versus the Jam Tarts. The Wales maestro is likely to operate as the double pivot alongside Glen Kamara who also had an instant impact from the bench by finding the net during the second half. Despite a promising display, Ryan Jack and John Lundstram might have to make way for the Hibs tie.
Versatile Scott Arfield has been impressive from a slightly wider role. Joe Aribo, with all his work ethic and creative spark, has settled in as an attacking playmaker. He might shift a bit deeper as well to form a 4-3-3, also his change of position with Arfield has added more flexibility in the centre of the pitch. Ryan Kent has exhibited his pace, prowess and finesse from the left and the same would be required this midweek to cause menace in Hibernian defence.
Alfredo Morelos’ return has been a breath of fresh air for the Gers. The Colombian must spearhead the attack and showcase his poaching traits similar to the Hearts fixture.