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Van Bronckhorst To Make Changes | Predicted 4-2-3-1 Rangers Lineup To Face Hibernian

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Rangers settled for an exciting 2-2 draw with PSV in the first leg of the Champions League playoff. The return leg tie in the Netherlands will be decisive for both sides, but the Gers must regroup themselves for a tricky away test on Saturday lunchtime. They will be locking horns with Hibernian at Easter Road, and gaffer Giovanni van Bronckhorst must aim for another victory to keep the momentum going in the Premiership.

Hibs are keen on scripting revival under Lee Johnson following an underwhelming 2021-22 season. Martin Boyle’s injury-time equalizer earned them a point against Hearts in their previous home encounter and the Light Blues, therefore, must not be complacent, given the resilience and fighting spirit of the Edinburgh giants.

Predicted 4-2-3-1 Rangers Lineup To Face Hibernian

Defence

Jon McLaughlin has finally cemented the ‘number 1’ status after featuring as the understudy to Allan McGregor during the past two campaigns. It’s been a mixed run so far, but the Scotsman is relishing the challenge week in week out.

Skipper James Tavernier has committed his future by penning a new long-term contract. He is expected to influence the show with his trademark runs and attacking expertise from the right, but the gaffer must make a shuffle in deep defence following Connor Goldson and James Sands’ nervy display versus PSV. Ever-present Goldson is likely to retain his place; however, the calmness and composure exhibited by Ben Davies make him a more feasible option in the heart of the backline. Experienced Borna Barisic should get the nod ahead of Ridvan Yilmaz down the left.

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Midfield

John Lundstram is irreplaceable in the centre of the pitch, but it remains to be seen who partners him deep down the midfield. Ryan Jack, an unused substitute against PSV, might return to the starting XI ahead of Steven Davis and Glen Kamara.

Meanwhile, Rangers have ample wide attackers following their summer recruitment drive. Rabbi Matondo should occupy the left-wing spot and the versatile USMNT international Malik Tillman could be deployed from the other flank after a blistering start to life in Glasgow. Tom Lawrence must start as a midfield attacker but is tipped to switch positions with Tillman showcasing his flexibility in and around the opponents’ box. The likes of Scott Arfield, Fashion Sakala, Scott Wright and Ryan Kent might get involved at some point in the second half.

Attack

Summer signing Antonio Colak is in red-hot form with four goals in 6 appearances across competitions. The Croatian should spearhead the attack once more in spite of Alfredo Morelos’ availability high up the pitch.

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