Steven Gerrard and his Glasgow Rangers side go to Hampden Park for the televised Sunday afternoon BetFred Cup semi-final game against a strong determined Aberdeen team.
Derek McInnes will have his Pittodrie side well fired up for this rumbustious encounter, and Gerrard should select his Rangers team to reflect the type of predicted physical style of cup tie.
Gerrard has a real lack of a top-class centre forward to choose from with Alfredo Morelos missing due to his yellow card handed out to him in the quarter-final against Ayr.
Kyle Lafferty is cup-tied for playing with Hearts in an earlier round and Umar Sadiq has not started a game under Gerrard, which shows a complete lack of confidence to his chance of actually starting this important match.
This could be construed as Gerrard’s biggest game of the season so far, although personally, I would prefer Rangers to get into the last 32 of the Europa League. Of course, both would be a welcome bonus.
Does Gerrard have only two selection dilemmas to decide on?
- The Rangers fans are adamant that the boss should drop Wes Foderingham and play the No. 1 goalkeeper Allan McGregor, as it’s a semi-final after all.
- Does he pick Umar Sadiq, Eros Grezda, Glenn Middleton or Ryan Kent to lead the line?
The biggest argument for choosing Umar Sadiq is that he is a centre-forward by trade and the others are actually wingers who could fill in for this game only.
Gerrard has stated he has a game plan for this particular Aberdeen game, and I am wondering if he maybe thinks it’s the right time to experiment again with playing with a back three.
Richard’s predicted team selection in 3-4-1-2 line-up:
McGregor, Katic, Goldson, Worrall: Tavernier, Jack, Coulibaly, Ejaria: Arfield: Kent and Middleton
Subs: Foderingham, Sadiq, Grezda, McCrorie, Flanagan, Halliday, Rossiter