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Roofe To Return? | Predicted 4-2-3-1 Rangers Lineup To Face Eintracht Frankfurt

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Rangers might have lost the Premiership crown to bitter rivals Celtic, but they are on the verge of conquering European glory after making it to the Europa League final defeating RB Leipzig. Having said that, they must overcome the Eintracht Frankfurt test on Wednesday night when these two sides will clash heads in Seville.

Rangers have some prolific first-team names sidelined through injury woes and the gaffer Giovanni van Bronckhorst, therefore, opted to rest his key personnel to avoid further setbacks over the past couple of weeks. Frankfurt, on the other hand, last won this tournament back in 1980 and the upbeat Germans are also desperate for silverware after a disappointing Bundesliga campaign.

Predicted 4-2-3-1 Rangers Lineup To Face Eintracht Frankfurt

Defence

Allan McGregor was rested against Hearts on Sunday afternoon. But the veteran custodian is expected to return between the sticks following an array of inspiring performances in the previous rounds of this competition.

Despite being a right fullback, skipper James Tavernier is leading the golden boot race with 7 Europa League goals. He must exhibit his energy and attacking expertise down the wide, whereas the likes of Connor Goldson and Calvin Bassey must maintain their resilience and composure in the heart of the backline. Borna Barisic has revived his form in recent weeks and the manager is likely to rely on the Croatian down the left given his marauding runs, link-up play and set-piece attributes.

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – MAY 05: John Lundstram of Rangers celebrates with team mates after scoring their sides third goal during the UEFA Europa League Semi Final Leg Two match between Rangers and RB Leipzig at Ibrox Stadium on May 05, 2022 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/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/).

Midfield

Ryan Jack is tipped to recover from a knock and pair with John Lundstram as the double pivot. Lundstram has been a revelation with his driving runs and ball-carrying traits, also the game-reading skill of Jack has helped the Gers restore stability in the centre of the pitch. Aaron Ramsey and Glen Kamara should get involved at some stage in the second half to offer a tactical alteration in terms of strategy and formation.

Joe Aribo is not the most prolific ‘number 10’ or ‘False 9’, but his swift footwork and mobility could be utilized to script counter-attacking movements. Scott Wright was not involved over the weekend, however, his energy and directness might earn him a start down the right ahead of Scott Arfield or Amad Diallo. The Eagles, on the other hand, must keep close eyes on Ryan Kent who would operate from his usual left midfield role.

Attack

Although the fans are hoping to have Kemar Roofe back from his injury, Fashion Sakala should spearhead the Gers’ attack even if the Jamaica international passes the late fitness test. Roofe has scored some crucial goals since joining the Light Blues and he might make an impact once more as a second-half substitute.

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