We already know who won’t be featuring for Rangers, so what does the squad/XI appear to be?
McGregor and McLaughlin for goals, with defence being Tavernier, Goldson, Edmundson and Barisic.
Midfield will be three of Jack, Arfield, Kamara, Davis and Aribo, while the wings could see a return for Brandon Barker if he’s fit, along with Kent, Hagi, Stewart and Jamie Murphy.
Up front just Morelos and Defoe.
So with fairly limited options, it appears to be:
McGregor; Tavernier, Goldson, Edmundson, Barisic; Davis, Jack, Arfield; Hagi, Kent, Morelos
Will Helander be fit? Probably not, and that means Ed continues in defence.
Midfield might see scope for the starting of Aribo and/or Kamara ala France but we’d be surprised if either does for this one.
Barker may not make the squad at all, but he’s earned a start if he’s fit. But even then, he’s more likely to be on the bench.
Remember, along with Livi, Motherwell are the most physically testing team in the SPL – they’re tough, bordering on hatchet men, so it’s a really good litmus test for Rangers to come through it without much damage and maybe a decent result.
We look forward to this one.