Will Glasgow Rangers’ fantastic unbeaten run in the Europa League continue?

  • First qualifying round: Rangers 2-0 Shkupi –  Shkupi 0-0 Rangers
  • Second qualifying round: Osljek 0-1 Rangers –  Rangers 1-1 Osljek
  • Third qualifying round: Rangers 3-1 Maribor –  Maribor 0-0 Rangers
  • Play-off round: Rangers 1-0 Ufa –  Ufa 1-1 Rangers
  • Group stage: Villarreal 2-2 Rangers
  • Group stage: Rangers 3-1 Rapid Vienna

Steven Gerrard has stated that Borna Barisic and Ryan Jack could possibly play tonight as both players are over their injuries, but will the boss play safe or take a chance with them?

It is certainly a good thing to have them back in the squad and be available in the pool of 18 players to be involved against Spartak Moscow tonight.

A win against the Russians could make the qualification to the next round a real possibility, if they continue their excellent form in this Europa League competition.

Having just sacked their manager, Spartak could be there for the taking, especially after making such a poor start to their season.

Gerrard will be hoping to see a distinct improvement and a far superior performance from his team following the flattering 4-1 victory against Hamilton last Sunday.

Barisic has been terrific in the Rangers defence following his signing, although in fairness to Jon Flanagan, he has filled in very well for the left back whilst the Croatian was injured.

Jack’s return to fitness is good timing with the next two really important games coming up,although Gerrard might want to hold him back for the Aberdeen semi-final match at Hampden Park this Sunday.

Will Gerrard stick with his much favoured 4-3-3 line-up or will he surprise everybody by playing a 3-4-1-2, to try and accommodate Alfredo Morelos and Kyle Lafferty in the starting X1.

For example: McGregor: Katic, Goldson, Worrall: Tavernier, Coulibaly, Ejaria, Barisic or Flanagan: Kent: Morelos and Lafferty

Tonight’s Europa match, coupled with the BetFred semi-final makes this a make or break week for Gerrard’s new Rangers side, good luck boys!


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