Although it was far from a perfect display, Rangers showed sheer grit and determination to come twice from behind and register an edgy 3-2 win against Hibernian in Michael Beale’s first game in charge. But the challenge will be sterner on Tuesday night when the Light Blues will travel to Pittodrie to lock horns with Aberdeen.
The Dons had a late heartbreak against Celtic over the weekend. A stellar strike from Callum McGregor sunk their ship minutes before the final whistle. However, they have troubled the Gers repeatedly in recent meetings and gaffer Jim Goodwin must motivate his men to seek revenge for the 4-1 Ibrox defeat from the reverse tie.
Predicted 4-2-3-1 Rangers Lineup To Face Aberdeen
Callum McGregor still remains the ‘number 1’ despite being in his 40s. Beale is unlikely to rotate him for this crucial encounter in favour of either Robby McCrorie or Jon McLaughlin.
Connor Goldson missed the Hibernian game but is expected to return to action at Pittodrie. The manager was forced to deploy John Lundstram and James Sands as makeshift centre-backs with Ben Davies coming on as a late substitute following yet another fitness woe. Meanwhile, both Davies and Goldson should be fit enough to slot in the heart of the backline, whereas young academy prodigy Adam Devine must retain his left-back status amid the absence of both Borna Barisisc and Ridvan Yilmaz. Skipper James Tavernier would offer his creative spark down the right with marauding runs, link-up play and set-piece expertise.
Ryan Jack is regaining rhythm overcoming persistent injury problems. The Scotsman found the net against Hibs and he should maintain his composure deep down the midfield. Lundstram is tipped to be restored in the centre of the pitch to form a ‘double pivot’ alongside Jack. Glen Kamara might lose his place but could still play a crucial role as a second-half substitute.
Fashion Sakala was majestic with his pace and flair from the right-hand flank and the Zambian attacker must keep his place ahead of Rabbi Matondo and Scott Wright. Malik Tillman assisted twice en route to scripting a comeback last midweek and the USMNT youngster should exhibit his mastery once again as an attacking playmaker. The pace, prowess and finesse of Ryan Kent make him irreplaceable down the left.
With Antonio Colak nursing an injury, Alfredo Morelos is going to spearhead the Rangers attack on back-to-back occasions. He scored the winner in the previous game and the same must be replicated tomorrow night to avoid a setback on the road.