Steven Gerrard has previewed today’s fixture against Hamilton, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.

The Gers return to domestic action following Thursday’s Europa League disappointment, and there are likely to be changes to the side.

Gerrard cut a frustrated figure in Bern. (Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images)

At least one of those will be enforced.

That’s because Ryan Jack has been ruled out through injury. Additionally, it’s suggested that despite Joe Aribo playing a full part in training on Saturday whilst wearing a protective headband, the game will also come too soon for him to feature.

Three Rangers fringe players in contention

“I don’t think any player wishes an injury on anyone, but I’m sure the midfielders have been frustrated of late,” said Gerrard, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.

“The likes of King, Matt Polster, Glen Kamara, Greg Docherty, I’m sure they are all thinking it might be an opportunity for them.”

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Glen Kamara started Thursday’s European clash against BSC Young Boys. (Photo by STEFAN WERMUTH/AFP via Getty Images)

Verdict

Rangers’ strongest midfield trio right now is probably Steven Davis, Ryan Jack and Joe Aribo. Therefore, there are two places up for grabs and as Gerrard says, a queue of players looking to step up to the starting XI.

 

Glen Kamara is different from the others listed. The Finland international hasn’t been at his best over the early part of this season, but he has been heavily involved, making 13 appearances so far.

The other three most definitely fall into the ‘fringe player’ bracket. Andy King has made five appearances since joining on loan from Leicester City, but all of those have come off the bench. Given his pedigree, he’s surely the favourite to get a chance against Accies. 

The Welsh international and Premier League winner could finally get his chance. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Greg Docherty last played for the first team in the League Cup win at East Fife back in mid-August. You get the impression he’s working hard behind the scenes, but simply can’t get a look in right now because of the quality of the other midfield options. He could make a return to the squad today.

As for Matt Polster, it seems highly unlikely he’ll be given the nod. The USA international has made just three appearances since signing for the club back in January, all of which have come in near foregone conclusions of matches.

A final option, of course, is that Scott Arfield drops back into the midfield three.

See what trio we’ve plucked for, in our Predicted XI.

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