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Rangers are categorically ruled out from the Premiership race following a dreadful derby defeat against Celtic. But they are still relevant in Europe ahead of a trip to Portugal for the Thursday night clash against Braga. These two sides will lock horns in the first leg of the Europa League quarter-final and the Gers have a mountain to climb overcoming their domestic setback.

The Light Blues knocked Braga out from the Europa League Round of 32 a couple of years ago. They won at both home and away and the victory on the road was cemented by Ryan Kent who fired in around the hour mark to put Rangers in the driver’s seat prior to their Ibrox meeting. The Archbishops will be desperate for revenge at Estádio Municipal de Braga and the Gers chief Giovanni van Bronckhorst must motivate his men to replicate the masterclass of Steven Gerrard’s tenure.

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

Defence

In the previous round, Allan McGregor was majestic against Red Star Belgrade, but his underwhelming derby display raised a few questions about his Rangers future. The 40-year-old must silence his critics and deliver a masterclass in this upcoming tie.

With Filip Helander not registered in the Europa League squad, the Glasgow giants would once again rely on Connor Goldson and Leon Balogun in the heart of the backline. Calvin Bassey has earned the first-team status over Borna Barisic down the left-hand flank, whereas skipper James Tavernier should keep his place on the right and exhibit his efficiency in the attacking third.

Midfield

Rangers have ample options in the middle of the park, but a couple of them are one booking away from a suspension in the return leg contest. Both Joe Aribo and John Lundstram must stay cautious this midweek, particularly the latter who is known for his physicality in the centre of the pitch.

Rangers winger Ryan Kent celebrates his goal against Braga
Rangers’ English midfielder Ryan Kent (R) celebrates after scoring a goal during the UEFA Europa League round of 32 second leg football match between SC Braga and Rangers at the Municipal stadium in Braga on February 26, 2020. (Photo by MIGUEL RIOPA / AFP) (Photo by MIGUEL RIOPA/AFP via 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/).

Ryan Jack is expected to partner with Lundstram as the double pivot, but the manager should drop Joe Aribo in favour of Glen Kamara, given the Nigerian’s rough run of form in recent months. Aaron Ramsey has found the net in his last two appearances and the profound experience of the Wales maestro might help them dominate the midfield game. Ryan Kent, with his pace, flair and prowess from the left, might keep the opponents on their toes, similar to their previous meeting at Estádio Municipal de Braga.

Attack

Alfredo Morelos, Rangers’ record goalscorer in Europe, is ruled out for the season after sustaining a thigh injury whilst on international duty with Colombia. Kemar Roofe replaced him high up the pitch against the Hoops, but the ex-Leeds United centre-forward hardly had any impact on Sunday afternoon. Versatile Fashion Sakala remains an option. However, the poaching traits of the Jamaica international should see him spearhead the attack once more.

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