Some dreadful decisions from referee Willie Collum saw Rangers dropping a couple of points in the closing seconds against Hibernian. But they should shake off the weekend’s disappointment as a massive test awaits in Eindhoven on Wednesday night versus PSV following a 2-2 draw at Ibrox in the first leg of the Champions League playoff.
The Europa League runners-up are determined to join Celtic in the top-tier of European football. Their bitter rivals have earned direct qualification by conquering the Scottish crown and the Gers must turn things around to achieve the same as they have done so far in Europe.
Predicted 4-2-3-1 Rangers Lineup To Face PSV
Jon McLaughlin has earned the ‘number 1’ status ahead of Allan McGregor. The Scotsman was impressive in the first leg, but he needs to deliver once again to keep their Champions League hopes alive.
Skipper James Tavernier has been exquisite so far with his relentless runs and attacking influence down the right-hand flank. However, he should also perform his defensive duties to avoid another setback. Borna Barisic, too, must ensure stability at the back and the veteran Connor Goldson is expected to drive the game from the heart of the backline alongside James Sands.
Giovanni van Bronckhorst has ample options in the centre of the pitch. But he must choose his options wisely deep down the midfield. John Lundstram is an assured starter and the gaffer must opt for Glen Kamara, given his technicality in the middle of the park. Steven Davis and Ryan Jack might get involved at some stage in the second half.
Tom Lawrence is in blistering form with goals in three successive encounters across competitions. He is likely to offer his creative spark from the ‘number 10’ slot, whereas Ryan Kent should showcase his mastery down the left with flashy skills and swift footwork. While the Englishman still needs to work on his final deliveries and decision-making, in-form Malik Tillman must convert his opportunities similar to recent outings. The likes of Scott Arfield, Scott Wright, Fashion Sakala and Rabbi Matondo could be deployed as ‘super subs’ if the situation demands it.
Despite his availability, Alfredo Morelos remained an unused substitute at Ibrox. Although the manager is expected to bring him in on Wednesday night, Antonio Colak must keep his place in the starting XI and spearhead the Gers attack after exhibiting his sheer poaching traits high up the pitch.