Rangers lost 2-1 on the road against Red Star Belgrade, but the 3-0 Ibrox triumph a week ago ensured their place in the Europa League quarterfinals on aggregate. The Gers now have to regroup themselves for a weekend trip to Dens Park in order to lock horns with Dundee FC in a crucial Premiership fixture.
Meanwhile, Rangers clinched a thumping 3-0 victory against Dundee last weekend which earned them a Scottish Cup semifinal clash with bitter rivals Celtic. They are still three points behind the Hoops in the league standings and the winning streak must be maintained on Sunday lunchtime to stay in the title race.
Predicted 4-2-3-1 Rangers Lineup To Face Dundee FC
Allan McGregor has been criticized for an array of dismal performances, but his stewardship between the sticks helped the Light Blues overcome the Red-Whites’ threat in the Europa League. Jon McLaughlin featured in the Cup tie versus Dundee, however, Giovanni van Bronckhorst should hand McGregor a start in this upcoming outing.
Skipper James Tavernier must exhibit his mastery down the right-hand flank, whereas Calvin Bassey is expected to retain his place on the left ahead of Borna Barisic. Although Filip Helander is now back in action from a long injury layoff, Connor Goldson and Leon Balogun must get the nod in the heart of the defensive line.
Van Bronckhorst is now preferring a double pivot over a flat three-man midfield. But his current set-up is flexible enough to tweak the formation during the game. Ryan Jack and John Lundstram are likely to operate as deep-lying playmakers with occasional down the middle runs. Joe Aribo has done well as a ‘number 10’ and the manager should restore him centrally rather than deploying him as a wide midfielder similar to the midweek contest. Fit-again Scott Arfield was introduced in the second half against Red Star Belgrade and the veteran Canadian might grab a start on the right depicting his versatility. Ryan Kent must keep on causing menace from the left-hand flank with his cut insides, pace, dribbles and directness.
Alfredo Morelos limped off the pitch with a suspected injury on Thursday night and the Gers might see Kemar Roofe spearheading the attack if the Colombian does not manage to recover in time. Fashion Sakala and Cedric Itten are the other striking options, but the latter has failed to leave an impact since being recalled from his Greuther Furth loan.