Friday, 28 December 2018

Predicted Rangers XI for Celtic - two changes

With Rangers’ injury concerns mounting up, predicting tomorrow’s XI is shooting fish in a barrel.

The definite misses for the top of the table clash are obviously Graham Dorrans and Jamie Murphy, with Borna Barisic now added to the casualties.

The likely absences on top of them include Connor Goldson, Ryan Kent, Glenn Middleton, Gareth McAuley and Scott Arfield.

The possible misses are Alfredo Morelos and Ryan Jack, given the former took a sore one against Hibs and the latter was a big doubt for the same match, managing to get through it, but unknown if that includes unscathed.

As such, the definitely fit members of the squad in line to feature are:

McGregor, Tavernier, Katic, Worrall, Halliday, Coulibaly, Rossiter, McCrorie, Grezda, Candeias and Lafferty.

To say Rangers’ resources are being stretched to breaking point right now is an understatement but we at Ibrox Noise will give you a projection of what we think the XI will be.

McGregor, Tavernier, Katic, Worrall, Halliday, Jack, McCrorie, Coulibaly, Grezda, Candeias, Morelos

We don’t think this is necessarily the best team we have, not by a long shot, but defence selects itself if McAuley and Goldson aren’t to be available, while there’s not a dog in hell’s chance in our opinion Wallace will start at LB.

In midfield Gerrard has a bewildering loyalty and fixation on Coulibaly, while Jack hopefully is indeed fit enough to start and McCrorie has earned the place.

Up front we just can’t see Lafferty starting, and can’t see past Candeias and Morelos being selected. Ultimately it’s only two changes from the Hibs failure, which we’re not quite sure is enough.

Is it a winning XI? Time will tell.

Perhaps Gerrard will stun us with a completely left field selection. We’ll see.

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