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Sakala To Lead The Line | Predicted 4-2-3-1 Rangers Lineup To Face Ross County

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Rangers have failed to defend the Scottish crown but are on the verge of creating history in the Europa League. Moreover, they have sealed a berth in the Scottish Cup final and the gaffer Giovanni van Bronckhorst should rest his key personnel over the next two Premiership fixtures.

Although the Light Blues have maintained sheer supremacy versus the Staggies, a 3-3 draw on the road earlier this year handed them a major setback in the title race. Malky Mackay’s men are still in contention for a place in Europe, and therefore, must aim for all three points on Wednesday night to keep the hope alive.

Predicted 4-2-3-1 Rangers Lineup To Face Ross County

Defence

Allan McGregor was rested on Sunday versus the Tangerines and his understudy Jon McLaughlin, who kept a clean sheet, is expected to retain his place between the sticks.

Rangers centre-back Connor Goldson
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – MAY 05: Connor Goldson of Rangers is seen at full time 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/).

Skipper James Tavernier is likely to start the game but his minutes must be managed carefully before the Eintracht Frankfurt clash. Borna Barisic should operate from the left after reviving his form in recent weeks, whereas academy sensation Leon King is expected to partner with veteran Connor Goldson in the heart of the backline.

Midfield

Rangers have ample midfield options in their ranks and the manager must not start the likes of Joe Aribo, John Lundstram and Ryan Jack who have featured extensively so far this term. Steven Davis and James Sands were impressive as the double pivot in their previous tie, also the return of Aaron Ramsey is a massive boost ahead of the Cup finals.

The Welshman started on Sunday but might find a place among the substitutes to avoid another injury woe. Glen Kamara should get the nod as a makeshift ‘number 10’ and the experience of Scott Arfield must be utilized from the wide midfield role. Amad Diallo found the net on Sunday afternoon after replacing Scott Wright at halftime. The Manchester United loanee deserves a place in the starting XI in spite of an underwhelming winter loan. Ryan Kent might get introduced at a later stage if the situation demands his involvement.

Attack

Van Bronckhorst is hopeful to have Kemar Roofe back before the Europa League final. Fashion Sakala is tipped to lead the line for the time being with Alfredo Morelos already ruled out for the remainder of the campaign.

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