After two successive wins, the Rangers team to take on Hearts on Saturday should more or less pick itself.

In the continued absence of Alfredo Morelos, Scott Arfield is likely to continue in an advanced role off Jermain Defoe.

Defoe looked sharp in his most recent outing at Fir Park. (photo by Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Elsewhere, there don’t appear to be many injury concerns. The central midfield trio of Kamara, Jack and Davis are all in good form, while Nikola Katic should continue alongside Connor Goldson.

However, at left-back, the manager faces a dilemma.

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When everyone has been fit and well this season, Borna Barisic has often been the first choice here.

A hamstring injury has ruled him out of the last three matches, but after a two-week gap, he should be available once more.


The player who usually deputises for him, Andy Halliday, has often held his own when called upon.

He was suspended for the visit of Hearts at the beginning of the month, but earned his 100th Gers appearance against Motherwell.

Halliday missed one game after his clash with Scott Brown. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Perhaps surprisingly, though, Jon Flanagan is the incumbent. The ex-Liverpool man was extremely disappointing over the first half of the season. However, he looks to have capitalised on a rare opportunity to start, earning praise from his manager after the last fixture.


Who will Gerrard opt for?

This is a real dilemma for the manager, in what has been a problem position this season.

The club forked out a reported £2.2 million [BBC Sport] for Barisic in the summer, so giving him ample time to prove himself is key.

Meanwhile, Andy Halliday has demonstrated a willingness to play anywhere for the team. He has produced the odd moment of magic from left-back and offers good delivery from wide areas.

Just a few weeks ago, though, it looked as though Flanagan had no future at Ibrox. Before the Hearts game at Ibrox, he hadn’t started a league match since early December.

Flanagan looks to be taking his second chance to make it at Ibrox. (photo by Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Yet, since being reinstated, he’s finally demonstrated some form. With a year left on his contract, what sort of message would it send if he was dropped simply because Barisic was back fit?

For that reason, I think Gerrard will give his former teammate the nod.

It may not be the most popular decision amongst the supporters, but ultimately, strong displays must be rewarded.

Here’s my predicted XI in full, for Saturday’s clash.

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