Rangers continued their dreadful streak in the Champions League with a 3-0 defeat against Napoli. A disappointing home draw last weekend versus Livingston saw them losing ground further in the Premiership race and the Gers, therefore, must bounce back on Saturday afternoon against Aberdeen to be within four points of the league leaders Celtic.
The Dons, currently third in the standings, have repeatedly troubled the Light Blues in recent years. The Dutch boss is working with a decimated squad due to persistent injury problems but, at the same time, has failed to build an identity despite being in charge for around a year since Steven Gerrard’s departure. It’s high time for him to script a comeback and save his side from more anguish and despair.
Predicted 4-2-3-1 Rangers Lineup To Face Aberdeen
Although in his 40s, Allan McGregor has been restored as the Gers’ ‘number 1’ following Jon McLaughlin’s underwhelming run between the sticks. Robby McCrorie, though highly rated back in his homeland, is not yet viewed as a first-choice custodian by Van Bronckhorst.
James Tavernier is irreplaceable down the right-hand side irrespective of his frailties in the defensive third. His marauding runs and attacking expertise might make a difference in this crucial encounter. Leon King could not complete the Napoli game due to a cramp, but the gaffer expects him to be fit for the upcoming clash. Long-term injuries to John Souttar, Filip Helander and Connor Goldson have left him with no choice but to promote the 18-year-old centre-half alongside Ben Davies in the heart of the backline. Veteran Borna Barisic is likely to replace Ridvan Yilmaz down the left against Jim Goodwin’s side.
Versatile James Sands returned in midfield during their European outing. However, the manager should opt for Steven Davis to partner with John Lundstram as the double pivot. Glen Kamara is working on regaining full fitness. But the Finnish ace might not be available for the Aberdeen contest.
Malik Tillman must continue as the ‘number 10’ in the wake of both Ianis Hagi and Tom Lawrence’s absence. Rangers have ample options down the wide, but a player of Ryan Kent’s profile should not be dropped among substitutes in spite of his inconsistent run so far this campaign. Fashion Sakala deserves a place for his blistering pace and prowess from the right-hand flank.
Alfredo Morelos was handed a nod over the others versus the Serie A leaders. But the Colombian is struggling high up the pitch which should see Antonio Colak reclaiming a spot in the starting XI. Morelos, as well as Kemar Roofe, might get introduced as ‘super subs’.