01 October 2020 14:38
Rangers face another stiff Europa League test tonight when they welcome Galatasaray to Ibrox. Victory over the Turkish giants would see Steven Gerrard's team qualify for the group stages for the third year running. Here Herald and Times Sport has predicted how Gerrard will set up his side for the crucial Euro clash. Formation: 4-3-2-1 Allan McGregor Jon McLaughlin must be given credit for his start to the season, but for a game like this experience is key. McGregor looks sharp after his return from injury so expect him to be given the nod tonight.
James Tavernier Captain fantastic. First name on the team sheet and is scoring just about every week at the minute. Can he add to his tally tonight? Connor Goldson The big defender has started the season well and looks confident and composed at the back. He'll face a tough test tonight with Galatasaray's attacking force, but Gerrard will fancy him to handle the pressure.
Filip Helander The Swedish stopper is really starting to come on to a game for the Light Blues and is forming a strong partnership with Goldson. Has been a key performer in Europe for Rangers in the past. Borna Barisic Has been more of an attacking threat than a defensive influence for Rangers this season. His deliveries could be key again tonight though and will be tested on the back foot too. Another certainty to start. Glen Kamara His energy in the middle will be important if the game is end to end as expected. Will have to dig in defensively, but will also have to put in a shift going forward too. Steven Davis Another top performer for Rangers this season. Keeps the team ticking and his ability to move the ball forward to spark Gers on the attack is second to none. Another big European night to add to his list. Scott Arfield Made a number of cameo appearances so far this term, but has broken into the starting XI of late. Again an experienced head in the middle of the park and will hope to chip in with a goal. Ianis Hagi Hasn't hit the heights of his loan spell last season, but the ability is there. A key figure to link defence to attack and a threat in the final third. Will be hoping to rise to the occasion at Ibrox. Ryan Kent Rangers' best player this season and a constant threat. Gerrard will be hoping that he struts his stuff again tonight to see Gers through to the group stages. Alfredo Morelos Starting to find his fitness and form again. His manager has talked him up in the build up to this one and will be hoping for some more European magic from the Colombian tonight. The video will start in 8 Cancel Join thousands of fans who have signed up to our Rangers newsletter. Subscribe Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Invalid Email Andy Walker feels Rangers will have "no excuses whatsoever" in their title fight if they go out of the Europa League to Galatasaray. Steven Gerrard's side are bidding to stop their city rivals from winning a 10th championship in a row and are currently a point clear having played a game more. On Thursday they return to European duty with a one-off Europa League playoff against Turkish giants Galatasaray. Speaking on the Sky Sports Scottish Football Podcast former Ibrox hero Kris Boyd pointed out the financial benefit of making it to the group stage, but his fellow pundit offered a counter view. Walker said: "Boydy's right about the aspect of Rangers' finances, it'll give them a huge boost. "I think they made around £14million from last year's games all in. "But you've got to look at it the other way as well. "Can you imagine if Celtic have got Europa League fixtures and Rangers don't? "There would be no excuse for Rangers to slip up then. If Rangers don't make it and Celtic do it should boost their chances of having a bigger push for the title. "They would have more time to prepare for games, more time to recover from injuries - no excuses whatsoever. "And possibly making up a point or two when Celtic are travelling for the actual games themselves."