The misery continues for Rangers as they suffered a shocking defeat on the road against St Johnstone. Giovanni van Bronckhorst must be shown the door after an array of dreadful outcomes, however, the fans fear another setback in two days’ time when they would host Hearts at Ibrox.
Meanwhile, the reverse tie at Tynecastle ended 4-0 in favour of the Glasgow giants. But the ongoing conundrum in the Gers’ camp must have uplifted their spirit ahead of clashing heads with the reigning Scottish Cup champions. The Jamtarts lost that final earlier this year, and the upcoming tie should serve as revenge if they grab a victory on Wednesday night.
Predicted 4-2-3-1 Rangers Lineup To Face Hearts
The Dutch boss never promoted the promising Robby McCrorie during his tenure. 40-year-old Allan McGregor remains the Light Blues’ ‘number 1’ ahead of Jon McLaughlin whose mediocrity cost him his starting status in the Rangers goal.
James Tavernier has maintained his attacking expertise. But he never improved his defensive game despite strong criticism from both fans and pundits. Injuries to Connor Goldson, John Souttar and Filip Helander led to Leon King’s rise as the 18-year-old centre-half is now irreplaceable in the heart of the backline. Ben Davies should be lined up alongside the teenager, whereas Borna Barisic is expected to operate from the left amid Ridvan Yilmaz’s fitness concerns.
John Lundstram has been the vital cog in the centre of the pitch and the Englishman must keep his place deep down the midfield. Glen Kamara should get the nod from the start after a couple of cameo appearances. The likes of Steven Davis and James Sands could get involved as second-half substitutes. Ryan Jack continues to be sidelined with a long-term injury problem.
Malik Tillman was far from impressive against the Saints and the gaffer should bring back Scott Arfield in the starting XI given his versatility as well as experience. The Canadian must occupy the ‘number 10’ spot, but the Rangers boss might not alter the wide attacking options. Fashion Sakala has impressed lately down the right with his pace and flair, and the distinct traits of Ryan Kent make him an automatic pick even though he has been below par so far this term.
Antonio Colak scored a brace in the reverse tie, but his recent form has been a worrying sign. Yet he should spearhead the Gers’ attack ahead of Alfredo Morelos.