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Roofe To Return? | Predicted 4-2-3-1 Rangers Lineup To Face RB Leipzig

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It’s a must-win game for Rangers on Thursday night as they are set to host RB Leipzig in the return leg of the Europa League semifinal. Although a majestic late strike from Angelino shattered their resilience at Red Bull Arena, the tie is far from over given the Gers’  exquisite European record at Ibrox. The fans must create an ambience this midweek to uplift Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s juggernaut.

While the Light Blues must overturn the 1-0 deficit against the German giants, they might still be without an array of first-team stars due to injury concerns. Meanwhile, Leipzig had a gruelling Monday night fixture against Borussia Monchengladbach and their little rest before the trip might hand Rangers a psychological advantage in front of the Ibrox crowd.

Predicted 4-2-3-1 Rangers Lineup To Face RB Leipzig

Defence

Allan McGregor is still going strong in Europe and his experience between the sticks would be crucial against a lethal Leipzig attack.

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LEIPZIG, GERMANY – APRIL 28: Benjamin Henrichs of Leipzig controls the ball during the UEFA Europa League Semi Final Leg One match between RB Leipzig and Rangers at Football Arena Leipzig on April 28, 2022 in Leipzig, Germany. (Photo by Maja Hitij/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 must show his attacking intensity as well as defensive duties while operating from the right-hand flank. Calvin Bassey has been a revelation in deep defence alongside Connor Goldson, but the inconsistency of Borna Barisic remains a concern after yet another difficult derby outing on Sunday afternoon.

Midfield

John Lundstram is irreplaceable in the middle of the park. He, alongside Ryan Jack, has formed a formidable ‘double pivot’ deep down the midfield. Lundstram has been the driving force with his relentless runs and ball-carrying attributes, whereas Jack has maintained sheer composure in terms of switching the play and finding a teammate upfront.

Aaron Ramsey has an outside chance to make it to the matchday squad. However, the Welshman is unlikely to attain a starting status even if he passes the late fitness test. Scott Wright has been promising of late with his pace and movements down the wide and the gaffer, therefore, should rely on the Scotsman on the right. Ryan Kent must create more opportunities from the left and Joe Aribo, who has been deployed in various roles, must be restored as a ‘number 10’.

The likes of Steven Davis, Glen Kamara, Scott Arfield, James Sands and Amad Diallo are quality alternatives who might get introduced at some stage if the situation demands.

Attack

Amid Alfredo Morelos’ season-ending setback, Kemar Roofe stepped in and scored the winner against Braga in the quarterfinal. But the Jamaican’s injury is a massive blow even though he is working towards regaining match fitness ahead of this epic battle. Fashion Sakala is expected to lead the line, particularly after Sunday’s equalizer at Parkhead.

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