The next two games in three-action packed days, could possibly hold the failure or the success of Steven Gerrard’s Glasgow Rangers for this season.

If they knock out Ufa on Thursday night to go through to the all-important Europa League group stages, the first part of the plan will have been successful.

After a strength-zapping 6,000-mile late night 10-hour flight from Russia, the Rangers players that travelled will all be given Friday off.

This should allow them to recover properly for Sunday, unless anybody picks up a knock, and requires some treatment.

Saturday will have the team in for some light training and team formation planning for the first Old Firm game of the season.

My predicted Rangers team to play Ufa: In a 4-4-2 formation.

Allan McGregor is Rangers’ undisputed No.1 and will start.

James Tavernier produced one of his poorest performances against Motherwell. However, he will defend a lot more in this important tie.

Connor Goldson endured a torrid time against boisterous attackers on Sunday. He will redeem himself in Russia.

Nikola Katic stood strong and again had a decent display. His form is pleasing his boss.

Jon Flanagan will remain at left back as Borna Barisic is still cup-tied for this match.

Scott Arfield is the link between the midfield and his forwards, so Rangers need him to hit top form.

Ryan Jack will be the holding midfield player as he is performing well this season.

Ovie Ejaria had his best game in a Rangers jersey against Motherwell, and should retain his place in the side.

Ryan Kent or Daniel Candeias will play wide right. One starts and the other is a sub to come on for the last 15/20 minutes.

Alfredo Morelos at centre forward, and hopefully he can score an away goal.

Kyle Lafferty can play wide left, through the middle as a partner for Morelos or in a slightly withdrawn role.


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