Rangers maintained their European supremacy on Thursday night by clinching a thumping 3-0 win against Red Star Belgrade in the Europa League Round of 16. They must replicate a similar show in domestic competitions and exhibit their expertise on Sunday afternoon in the Scottish Cup quarter-finals versus Dundee FC.
The Gers are not having the best of run on the road and the fixture at Dens Park might prove tricky for Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s juggernaut. They might miss a few key personnel due to fitness woes and the gaffer should rotate his options in order to go full throttle in the return leg fixture in Serbia.
Predicted 4-2-3-1 Rangers Lineup To Face Dundee FC
Allan McGregor made a stunning save to deny Aleksandar Katai from the spot against the Serbian heavyweights. The veteran custodian must deliver another masterclass next midweek and Jon McLaughlin, his understudy, should get the nod versus Dundee between the sticks.
Skipper James Tavernier, leading by example, is likely to retain his place down the right. Leon Balogun’s minutes must be managed minutely to avoid another injury scare and the Nigerian should be rested in favour of Filip Helander alongside Connor Goldson in the heart of the backline. Borna Barisic might get the nod over Calvin Bassey as the left fullback.
Scott Arfield is set to miss the trip through an injury problem, whereas the likes of John Lundstram, Steven Davis and Joe Aribo remain uncertain due to fitness reasons. Ryan Jack, back from a long injury layoff, needs to stay fit for the rest of the campaign and the manager, therefore, might opt for James Sands as the double pivot along with Glen Kamara from the deep.
Amad Diallo has lost his place despite a bright start and the Manchester United loanee should be restored down the right-hand flank. Fashion Sakala might feature from the left ahead of Ryan Kent, also, it’s time to bring Aaron Ramsey back in the starting XI after a difficult start to life in Scottish football. Charlie McCann and Alex Lowry are the other exciting options among substitutes, thanks to their boisterous spells with Rangers reserves. Scott Wright, too, should stay patient and wait for his opportunity after slipping down the pecking order.
‘Super sub’ Kemar Roofe scored a late winner against Aberdeen. Although Alfredo Morelos has been the preferred ‘number 9’ option, the Jamaica international might grab a rare start ahead of the Colombian.