Starting XI taking shape with 3 changes for Gio’s Rangers

Starting XI taking shape with 3 changes for Gio’s Rangers
Rangers' Dutch manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst gestures on the touchline during the UEFA Europa League play-off second leg football match between Rangers and Borussia Dortmund at the Ibrox Stadium, in Glasgow, on February 24, 2022. (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN / AFP) (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP via Getty Images)

GVB has confirmed Rangers are working on getting a further ‘one or two’ additions this summer on top of confirmed signing Antonio Colak, but hints that further exits of key assets are looking unlikely.

The big names such as Ryan Kent and Alfredo Morelos are in the last years of their deals, and there are ‘talks’ with them to sign longer contracts, but that interest in them is only modest at present from outside parties.

Calvin Bassey is also one to watch, but no offers have been made, while Glen Kamara looks increasingly less likely to leave as well now.

Which means that with Aribo gone and Colak in, for the early portion of the season Rangers are mostly unchanged from last season, given Morelos and Hagi are not fit yet.

Meaning further that generally, the starting XI at present really doesn’t look much different to what it was.

This is the big key opening, as many outlets are rightly arguing, for young Alex Lowry.

The playmaker has a big opportunity to make the 10 position his own, in the absence of injured Hagi and sold Aribo, with Scott Arfield not really that kind of player.

But aside him, the XI currently probably looks like:

McGregor or McLaughlin; Tavernier, Goldson, Souttar/Barisic, Bassey; Lundstram, Jack/Kamara; Kent, Lowry, Roofe/Sakala; Colak/Morelos.

In time as players return from injury this may shift a bit again, but the changes aren’t dramatic, and there’s a feeling that we may be going into the early part new campaign without a lot of signings.

Colak may be the main striker in the early portion due to Alfie’s fitness not being there yet, while Souttar will expect to get many minutes, plus Lowry an increased presence.

Overall it’s tinkering and some modest changes which should see enough for Gio to build a side/system to get to the UCL.

If we do get there, hopefully he can make a few marquee signings, but until then, we’re relying on the squad who got to the UEL final and the manager who got them there. Along with a few select changes.

Not really that bad is it?

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  1. Agree. Still a great line up. As long as we keep the team spirit/ motivation alive (captain/ vice captain capable) Maybe need one or two to freshen the squad, but maybe they’re already there coming through ranks. Gio & team know better than me/you.
    Definitely future years looking promising btw!

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