During Friday afternoon’s press conference, Steven Gerrard confirmed that Scott Arfield is doubtful for Sunday’s Scottish Cup quarter-final, against Aberdeen.

Should he fail a fitness test, the manager will have to make an alteration in midfield.
Ryan Jack and Glen Kamara have been impressive of late, but who will join them?
It looks like a straight call between Ross McCrorie and Steven Davis.
Lassana Coulibaly, is available, but given that he’s only started once in 2019, he’s a much less likely inclusion.

The Mali international scored against Cowdenbeath, but has slipped down the pecking order recently. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Ross McCrorie

The 20-year-old was extremely impressive in the run up to the winter break. During the first throes of 2019, he looked to be nailing down a place in the starting XI.
However, the rise of Glen Kamara has relegated him to the bench.
The more naturally defensive of the two options, he may detract from Rangers’ attacking threat, but will shore things up.

McCrorie has 24 appearances in all competitions this season. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Steven Davis

When the Northern Ireland skipper arrived in January, you would have thought he’d be a shoe-in for any big game.
He still hasn’t quite got up to speed, though.
At his best, he links the play with ease and dictates games.
Yet, we’re haven’t seen that kind of commanding display since his return for a second stint at Ibrox.

Davis replaced Arfield at half-time against Dundee, on Wednesday night. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Verdict:

The safer option here, is McCrorie. What you see is what you get with him – he’s a no frills sort of player who will do his job and do it well.
Davis is bound to start firing soon, but this is knockout football. He’s the riskier choice and with Morelos, Candeias and Kent, the Gers should still have plenty of firepower.
Here’s my predicted XI for Sunday’s crunch tie.

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