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Bassey And Jack To Return? | Predicted 4-2-3-1 Rangers Lineup To Face Braga

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It’s a must-win tie for Rangers on Thursday night as they are set to host Braga in the return leg of the Europa League quarter-final. They lost 1-0 in the reverse fixture and, therefore, must turn things around in their backyard. The Gers pulled off a majestic late comeback from 2-0 down a couple of years back, and a similar resurgence must be scripted this midweek to stretch their dream European run.

Braga, on the other hand, dominated the show back in Portugal. But the job is not done yet as they have learnt a lesson from their previous Ibrox experience. The Light Blues must convert their chances high up the pitch to avoid another setback after the derby disappointment.

Predicted 4-2-3-1 Rangers Lineup To Face Braga

Defence

Allan McGregor has been largely inconsistent between the sticks so far this season. But he has exhibited his expertise in Europe against high-profile opponents, and the gaffer Giovanni van Bronckhorst would rely on the 40-year-old custodian against the Portuguese heavyweights.

Rangers defender Calvin Bassey in action against Braga
BRAGA, PORTUGAL – APRIL 07: Abel Ruiz of Sporting Braga and Calvin Bassey of Rangers FC in action during the UEFA Europa League Quarter Final Leg One match between Sporting Braga and Rangers FC at Estadio Municipal de Braga on April 7, 2022 in Braga, Portugal. (Photo by Octavio Passos/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/).

Skipper James Tavernier holds all the traits to make a difference with his marauding runs, cut insides and crosses from the right-hand flank. However, the right fullback must contribute defensively to deal with counter-attacks and help his fellow defenders by making recoveries and tracking back. Despite being rested against St. Mirren, veteran Leon Balogun is expected to reclaim his place in the heart of the backline alongside the ever-present Connor Goldson. Borna Barisic has shown signs of improvement but might lose his place to Calvin Bassey, who has offered more energy and efficiency down the left.

Midfield

Apart from Bassey, Ryan Jack was rested as well on Sunday afternoon against the Buddies. The Scotsman should keep his place deep down the midfield along with John Lundstram, even though the latter was forced to leave the pitch early with a groin injury at Greenhill Road. The manager expects to have him back for the Braga clash, and the Englishman’s return would see Joe Aribo occupying the advanced midfield role.

Ryan Kent is irreplaceable down the left, given his ability to change the game. Also, the profound experience of Aaron Ramsey should be utilized from the opposite flank. Ramsey and Aribo are flexible position-wise and the Dutch boss is likely to alter his strategy during the game to confuse the visitors.

Attack

Kemar Roofe was struggling high up the pitch in the wake of Alfredo Morelos’ injury absence. But the hat-trick last weekend must have boosted his confidence ahead of spearheading the attack against Carlos Carvalhal’s men.

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