So, finally getting back to the football, and Rangers’ massive seven days continues tonight with the visit of Poles Legia Warsaw for the final leg of an eight-match campaign which could see the extraordinary achievement of two seasons in a row where Rangers negotiated their entire way to the group stage via this route.
But a stubborn Legia do stand in the way, a Legia who haven’t conceded a single goal in the entire tournament so far, with the first leg giving a major indication as to why.
Rangers, obviously, are 3,000 fans down, so the 47,500 who make their way to Ibrox this evening will have to shout doubly loud, and show not only what incredible fans they are, but expose the minority as the idiots they’ve been shown up as.
What team will get the job done tonight?
Steven Gerrard has just one injury concern in the whole squad, and that is ineligible Brandon Barker who suffered a knock v Partick Thistle for the Development Squad, but given he was ultimately not in the 22 for this tie, it’s not relevant.
Otherwise it’s a full pack and we’d expect the manager to pick the strongest side he considers for a home match which has a massive portion of Rangers’ entire season resting on it, in both a football and financial sense, and the entire European campaign on it.
McGregor will take his place in goal, assuming he’s fully got over the knock he suffered against St Mirren, while the back four will be the same as the first leg. Tavernier, Goldson, Katic and Flanagan.
Midfield is likely to see Davis take the reins, with Joe Aribo in front of him and Ryan Jack behind the forwards.
And attack will be the three-man prong of Sheyi Ojo, Alfredo Morelos and Scott Arfield.
Steven Gerrard, currently, considers this to be his strongest XI, and this is the team he is opting to select for the big matches. Our only query is wondering if Borna Barisic, fresh from his stunning goal v St Mirren, might get license to bomb forward and support Ojo, rather than selecting Flanagan. Beyond that, we’d imagine this is the side to try to get Rangers into the group stage two seasons in a row.
So your Ibrox Noise XI:
McGregor; Tavernier, Goldson, Katic, Flanagan; Davis, Aribo, Jack; Arfield, Morelos, Ojo
And not only European nights rest on it, but very healthy financial rewards too.
Come on Rangers!