Predicted XI – early projection under Stevie Ger of new Rangers


With Steven Gerrard’s summer business at Ibrox well and truly deep into action, it is now worth a very premature look at what kind of XI the new manager may be looking at.

What players will make the cut of the existing squad? Which new signings are dead certs to start? What formation will Stevie favour?

We know the new XI will be one heck of an upgrade over the current one, so Ibrox Noise gives some wild conjecture about a possible starting eleven for the new era:


Allan McGregor. Easy one. There’s no competition. Nuff said.


Doubts persist over the future of James Tavernier, with Rangers said to be open to offers, but the other side is surely Declan John’s slot to lose. Otherwise there’s Lee Hodson and Lee Wallace, both of whom appear surplus.

Centre backs:

Martin Skrtel and one of Bruno Alves, Reece Burke, Connor Goldson, Kyle Bartley and Fabio Cardoso. Fans appear to be favouring Bartley albeit nothing from the club yet about interest in the Swansea stopper.

Central midfield:
Rangers haven’t yet secured anyone new for this area of the pitch, nor have they even been heavily linked with anyone beyond Lazio’s Lucas Leiva. For now it’s Ross McCrorie, Jason Holt, a fit again Ryan Jack, and Greg Docherty.

Attacking midfield:

Scott Arfield and Jamie Murphy are the two Gerrard men. They will be prominent under the new manager. Daniel Candeias of course remains at the club, while Harry Wilson and Oliver McBurnie are said to be close.


All three of Morelos, Cummings and Herrera are either leaving or close to, and it appears Stevie Ger is looking at Jermain Defoe as one major recruit.

So, a very, very early projection of a 4-3-3:

McGregor, xx, Skrtel, Bartley, John; Docherty, McCrorie, Arfield; Wilson, McBurnie, Defoe

It clearly needs more work and more balancing but several formations are possible here and defence already looks heaps better.

But it’s early days and there will be further incoming.


    • Totally agree re Rossiter. The only midfielder , last season, to nullify McGinn – and that includes Brown and Shinnie; who both had a go but failed. Also, let's stop nonsense about Defoe – he ain't coming! If we could get Lucas…. now that would be a capture!

  1. Jason Cummings needs to be signed up and played correctly with support.
    We all know he is highly likely to be a goal machine and a steal at 1 mill.

  2. Im going with my favourite 4-4-2


    Tavi Skertl Goldson John

    Arfield Rossiter McCorie Wilson

    Escobar McBurnie

    Not included are possible signings.
    Etc Etc Etc Etc Etc Etc Etc!!

    Obviously people would drop to the bench and players would come in.
    But honestly look at the difference already. Team & Bench.

    Got to ask yourself gents where does that leave Dorrans and such like🚔

    • 4-4-2 never fails… Big Skertl hope that gets over the line soon.. Dorrans is a dilemma for Stevie G I’m sure he will sort it all out..

  3. No Dorrans??

    Based on early speculation, my starting team would be: –



    • You are having a laugh. There's at least 2 in your list that won't be anywhere near Glasgow at the start of the season – and whilst Defoe is one of them earning, allegedly £100k per week, you have him sitting on the bench. HA ha ha.

  4. That’s a dreadful XI 😂

    No Murphy or Candeias ? There’s no width on that team

    I actually fancy us to set up 3-5-2 under Stevie G. This would be ideal if not a bit optimistic 😂👍

    ———————— McGregor

    ————- Goldson. Skrtel Bartley

    ——Tav. Rossiter. Lucas. Arfield. John

    ——————-—Wilson .

    I’d also get Peter Crouch in. Would give a good option/alternative with his height and the good delivery of purcilwide men

  5. Rossiter is 1st name on team sheet! If he keeps fit he's the potential captain. Rossiter and Mcrorie in midfield…I can't wait! Let's go!

  6. What about young Serge & Glenn from the Development Squad too for attacking midfield as other option.. Don’t think SG will be frightened to give the youth a chance…

    Please give it a rest with trying to punt El Buffalo ffs and bringing in Cum Dog – endless.. McBurnie hasn’t even signed either yet so steady the buffs lol…

    Apart fae that #LetsGo

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