GVB could be finally ready to truly reveal his hand tomorrow night as the lineup for PSV is announced.
This is, by a distance, the toughest fixture Rangers have faced under Gio’s stewartship, and it’s evident the Dutchman wants to take a significant lead and performance back to Holland in a week’s time.
Ergo, the XI he selects tomorrow night is effectively the strongest XI our manager believes he has.
While there is some scope for him to bring on some artillery in the second half to change things a bit, it’s a reasonable assumption to suggest the starting side will be what he considers his best XI, and we’re going to have a go at predicting what he thinks it is.
In goal is massive – if McLaughlin is picked again, it’s a pure marker that he is, without even a hint of doubt now, Gio’s first choice goalie. McGregor? It would be a surprise, but he is the man for big occasions. So we’ll be interested there.
In defence we’d be surprised if it’s anything other than Tavernier, Goldson, Sands and Barisic. Davies wasn’t spectacular at the weekend and needs more time to get up to speed, while Sands has never let the side down even if he’s not popular with fans. Barisic is in form and Yilmaz is some distance away from being a first pick.
Lundstram and Jack. Gio needs his big men to stand up and deliver and Jack’s European record against big sides is very good – he really shows up when it counts.
Then you have the front four.
On the left, the returning Ryan Kent is a shoe-in to start, while Tillman will feed creativity through the middle. On the right is intriguing. Matondo, Wright, and Lawrence. We will pick our guess at the end.
And up front it has to be Colak because he’s in form, fit, and impressing. Yes, it probably would be Alfie under normal circumstances but he’s not fit yet.
So, your Ibrox Noise predicted strongest XI possible to face PSV:
McLaughlin; Tavernier, Goldson, Sands, Barisic; Lundstram, Jack; Lawrence, Tillman, Kent; Colak.
We believe that is what the boss sees as his best XI right now.
McGregor, Yilmaz, Davies, Kamara, Davis, Matondo, Arfield, Wright, Morelos.
The beauty here is the options are there on the bench to change the game if it isn’t quite going to plan, and the depth is clearly there too.