Predicted Rangers XI to face Leipzig – Gio rings changes

Predicted Rangers XI to face Leipzig – Gio rings changes
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MARCH 10: Giovanni van Bronckhorst, Head Coach of Rangers is interviewed by the media prior to the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 Leg One match between Rangers FC and Crvena Zvezda at Ibrox Stadium on March 10, 2022 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

It’s safe to say Thursday night is D-day for Rangers. With the league now hanging by a thread, if even as strong as that, we suggested Gio is now throwing everything into the UEL, and Thursday, and his team selection on Saturday suggested he is.

There were no Lundstram, Jack, (initially) Bassey, or Ryan Kent, just four of the major names who have been part of Rangers’ recent extraordinary European adventures, and instead it was effectively a fringe XI.

So what eleven do we expect to see in Leipzig?

Obviously we’re missing Ramsey, Morelos, Roofe and Hagi, with the similarly-injured Filip Helander ineligible anyway, so that does reduce the options a lot in truth.

In goal it will of course be McGregor, no debate on that one.


Tavernier, Goldson, Bassey and Barisic. That is back to being Gio’s first-choice defence, and Bassey is now 100% a starter be it CB or LB.


Again, it’s not that difficult – Jack and Lundstram. Both were saved on Saturday.

Attacking midfield?

The options here are Kent, Aribo, Wright, Lowry and Arfield. We see zero chance for Lowry, and Kent and Aribo will definitely start. The final slot is between Wright and Arfield and we’d be stunned if Gio picks Wright.


Sakala, no choice.

So your Ibrox Noise XI:

McGregor; Tavernier, Goldson, Bassey, Barisic; Lundstram, Jack; Kent, Aribo, Arfield; Sakala

Unless we’re wildly overlooking someone, that’s your starters.

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  1. Stick Aribo up top to get hold of the ball with arfield in behind him to run past him leave sakala for the second half to change it up if things arnt working…. CMON RANGERS!!!

  2. Id play kent up top, his pace will frighten the germans, who have shown earlier this season are susceptible to pace …against Man City they could not handle the pace of Sterling and Walker….City scored 6 that night….i would also play Wright sitting behind Kent….leave Sakala fir the later stages

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