Rangers might have lost their spark in the league, but the hope for silverware is still on following a thrilling comeback victory against Celtic in the Scottish Cup semis. They are also gearing up for an electrifying Europa League semifinal clash with RB Leipzig and the upcoming Premiership tie against Motherwell hands them an opportunity to stretch the winning streak ahead of such high-profile outings.
The Gers surrendered a two-goal lead and eventually settled for a 2-2 draw when these two sides locked horns at Ibrox back in February. Having said that, the visitors should be in the driver’s seat on Saturday lunchtime, particularly after a thumping 6-1 win in their previous Fir Park meeting.
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Although Giovanni van Bronckhorst opted for Jon McLaughlin between the sticks in the latest Old Firm derby, the veteran Allan McGregor will likely reclaim his ‘number 1’ role for this Premiership contest.
Skipper James Tavernier must exhibit his mastery down the right with relentless runs and persistent attacking contribution. Left-back Borna Barisic could not complete the gruelling 120 minutes against both Braga and Celtic and the gaffer, therefore, should rest the Croatian to keep him fresh for the Leipzig test. With Filip Helander ruled out for the remainder of the season, Leon Balogun is expected to start alongside Connor Goldson in the heart of the backline.
Rangers have ample options in the centre of the pitch, but the manager is banking on Ryan Jack and John Lundstram, who have been majestic as the double pivot deep down the midfield. They must be protected for the European encounters and it’s time for the likes of Glen Kamara and Steven Davis to regain the starting status.
The Light Blues suffered a major blow when Aaron Ramsey picked up a hamstring injury against the Hoops. His season is over as per reports, but the derby heroics must have ensured Scott Arfield a first-team role in place of the Wales maestro. Versatile Joe Aribo has offered his creative spark as a midfield attacker, whereas the sensational Ryan Kent has proven his worth down the left-hand flank. Scott Wright enjoyed a couple of impressive cameos in recent games and the Scotsman should be deployed as a ‘super sub’ to inject more pace and directness.
Alfredo Morelos’ season-ending injury is a massive setback, but the presence of Kemar Roofe high up the pitch has restored stability in the attacking third. His minutes must be managed with utmost care and a hat-trick at Fir Park earlier this campaign depicts Fashion Sakala’s ability to spearhead the attack.