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Opinion: This Rangers starting XI has what it takes to progress vs Braga

Scottish side Glasgow Rangers have arguably their most-important game of the season on Wednesday night when they travel to face Braga in Portugal in the Europa League.

With a 3-2 advantage from the first leg of the last 32 tie after a remarkable Gers comeback, the away team will know they are in a precarious position.

Steven Gerrard’s starting Rangers XI will be key to progression, with the Ibrox chief having a number of selection decisions on his hands.

New 24-year-old loanee Florian Kamberi has impressed the Rangers fans during his short cameo appearances in the last four games.

Alfredo Morelos is ruled out of the Europa League return match in Braga, due to a totally avoidable yellow card for verbal abuse towards the referee last week.

There is a feeling that he 23-year-old Colombian forward continues to get raw deals from refs, but I’m getting perplexed with his on-field petulance. 

It’s always when he is impeded and the official plays on without a foul given to Rangers.

He doesn’t help himself by showing the degree of his disgust with uttering words and by showing a venomous look on his face. 

This means that Rangers boss Gerrard will surely be forced to replace Morelos with Kamberi for that vitally important clash.

The new man proved himself to Gerrard in Sunday’s game against St Johnstone by scoring a world-class goal to put the Gers on even terms.  

He then showed fabulous skills by setting up Joe Aribo for what should have been the Rangers winner.

Extremely poor defending lost the Ibrox club two valuable points in Perth by allowing Hendry and May to score two goals via amateurish mistakes.

Borna Barisic will probably recover quickly enough from his back injury to face Braga this Wednesday, after missing out the St Johnstone tie.

With Rangers requiring only a draw in Braga to qualify for the last 16 of the Europa League, I suggest Gerrard plays a fluent 3-5-1-1 side..

Predicted starting XI vs Braga: McGregor: Goldson, Katic, Edmundson: Tavernier, Jack, Davis, Arfield, Barisic: Hagi: Kamberi.

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