Arfield and Morelos start: predicted Rangers XI to face ‘the other team’…

Arfield and Morelos start: predicted Rangers XI to face ‘the other team’…
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 28: Rangers manager Micheal Beale is seen during the Cinch Scottish Premiership match between Rangers FC and Motherwell FC at on December 28, 2022 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

As we go into a brand new year here on Ibrox Noise, we’re going straight for the stuff that matters to Rangers and tomorrow’s colossal Old Firm 2023 opener with the other team.

And to do that, we’re going for our selected predicted XI that we reckon Michael Beale will pick to get the three points for us at Ibrox.

Goals is pointless, McGregor is the chosen one and will be until that area is hopefully fixed.

Defence is also predestined – it’s Tavernier, Goldson, Davies and Barisic.

Midfield? Jack and Lundstram. The third slot is between Kamara and Arfield, and we’d be very surprised if the Finn gets it.

Attack? Kent left, Tillman right, Morelos centre.

So your Ibrox Noise prediction?

McGregor; Tavernier, Goldson, Davies, Barisic; Lundstram, Jack, Arfield; Kent, Morelos, Tillman.

There are some rooms for doubt – Glen Kamara, Alex Lowry, and the belief a lot of fans have that Scotty is better off the bench and won’t start. We believe he will.

But Michael Beale has the final call of course. Formation? 4-3-3 as is his preference, adapting to 4-2-3-1 without the ball, but expect a lot of blood and thunder football as his men go for it from the off.

This is a must-win for Beale – he’s had a lot to say since becoming Rangers boss, and regulars to Ibrox Noise know we barely believe a word of it – but backing up his verbose delivery with a huge win against our old enemy would buy him a tonne of goodwill from fans, and would suggest he has what it takes to turn things around in this city.

The other team have the momentum, position-wise, but there are a lot of signs of upturn at Ibrox since Beale came in. Beating them would convince so many fans that the new boss is the right man, especially after how the ex-boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst failed so badly with his encounters with the other team.

He was judged heavily on those losses, and never truly won Rangers fans over, despite Sevilla and the SC. Beale can exorcise that by opening his lone account with a win.

Over to you!

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