So here we go, Real Betis are upon us, and Ibrox Noise predicts McGregor, Arfield, Kent, Morelos and Colak…
If only (very harsh on Butland but you get the point).
Ok, back on planet earth, we have the first-ever Michael Beale European group match to contend with, and we’ll be honest, our expectations are pretty low.
We ran a poll and while the response was optimistic (we’ll report that one later) unfortunately we don’t share that positivity.
But onto the team.
So we know Raskin, Cantwell and Danilo will be nowhere to be seen, and there’ll be a change or two.
Butland in goals obviously, simple enough there.
Defence… Tavernier, Goldson, and Barisic. The question is the partner for Goldson, and it’s obviously between John Souttar and Ben Davies. Honestly, with this manager, we couldn’t even remotely call it. It should be Balogun and Souttar but that’s not possible, of course, so it’s Goldson and… this is a flip of a coin…
Midfield… well thanks to appalling injury and management, there are only three players available here. Lundstram, Jack and Cifuentes are the trio who will start.
Up front has a LOT of options, only Danilo missing, but of course the choices there are are not exactly firing on all cylinders.
Wright, Lawrence, Sima, Lammers, Matondo, Roofe, Dessers…
It’s likely to be Lawrence Roofe and Matondo or Sima.
So, our Ibrox Noise predicted XI?
Butland; Tavernier, Goldson, Davies, Barisic; Cifuentes, Lundstram, Jack; Lawrence, Roofe, Sima.
And that’s really about that.