Rangers predicted XI v Sparta Prague; decision taken on Alfredo Morelos
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Rangers predicted XI v Sparta Prague; decision taken on Alfredo Morelos

Rangers manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst has promised to ring the changes ahead of his Ibrox managerial debut against Sparta Prague in the Europa League.

The legendary former Dutch star has taken the reins at Ibrox following the exit of Steven Gerrard and he can secure Europa League knockout round football by beating the Czechs by two clear goals.

All eyes will be on Ibrox tonight as Gio takes to the touchline for the first time and the Ibrox manager’s early comments suggest his first few days have been promising.

The Dutchman has had little time to assess his squad and this is very much the early days of Gio’s tenure but the club’s hectic schedule is unforgiving.

First up is this clash with Sparta before league away days at Livingston and Hibs – grounds we dropped points at last season – in a tough start to the Gaffer’s tenure.

The pressure is already on this squad after crashing out of the Premier Sports Cup against Hibs and a victory – and qualification – from this game would go a long way to resetting the atmosphere at Ibrox.

We suspect that whilst Gio promised changes, much of this may well come down to the shape of the team even if we do suspect the XI will be freshened up.

It’s very difficult to predict at the moment but we are going to go with Allan McGregor in goal, with James Tavernier, Connor Goldson, Calvin Bassey and Borna Barisic in defence.

In front of those, we think Kamara and Davis might be a holding two with Ryan Kent, Joe Aribo and Fashion Sakala playing behind Alfredo Morelos.

We’re backing Giovanni van Bronckhorst to start Alfredo Morelos against Sparta Prague in his first match as Rangers manager. (Photo credit should read CARLO HERMANN/AFP via Getty Images)

Kent and Sakala can provide pace out wide whilst Morelos – despite uninterested form and fan criticism – remains our top European goal scorer.

That means no Nathan Patterson from the start but as Rangers look to make the Europa League knockouts for the third year on the bounce we suspect the club’s first-choice stars will get a chance to prove their worth.

The game may also come too soon for one influential star who is still working his way back from a lengthy injury lay-off.

Rangers predicted XI v Sparta Prague – 4-2-3-1

GK – Allan McGregor

DR – James Tavernier

DC – Connor Goldson

DC – Calvin Bassey

DL – Borna Barisic

CDM – Steven Davis

CDM – Glen Kamara

RW – Fashion Sakala

CAM – Joe Aribo

LW – Ryan Kent

ST – Alfredo Morelos

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