After what seems like… well… a few weeks, Rangers are back in action today to face their first ‘serious’ football since Killie got one over on us last season.
Oxford United are the guests at Ibrox, with former Charlton boss Karl Robinson’s men coming to Govan for Steven Gerrard’s rebuilt squad’s first reasonably useful workout under the glare of a significant crowd.
Robinson of course has worked with Rangers a few times, most notably to work a deal for Joe Dodoo whose time at the Kassam Stadium probably could have gone a little better.
But what team will Gerrard select to face the U’s?
Well, a midtable League One team should provide a reasonably healthy opening pre-season opponent unlike the guff of League Two Bury last pre-season, and Stevie will want to give his new signings and returning players a decent debut at Ibrox.
We’d go (4:3:3):
McGregor; Polster, Edmundson, Katic, Barisic; Davis, Kamara, Docherty; Jones, Stewart, Ojo
Alnwick; Tavernier, Goldson, Flanagan, Halliday, Jack, Aribo, Hastie, Defoe, Morelos
This XI is to give the Famous a refreshed feeling, with plenty of scope for change and alteration.
Remember, this is just a friendly, so there’s no need to be offended at your favourite player not being in our XI.
Whatever the team is, we just can’t wait to have the side back.