Rangers head back up north this evening to face Fraserburgh in the rearranged William Hill Scottish Cup fixture. Following on from Sunday’s 2-1 win in the Highlands over Ross County, the club’s fourth victory in a row, Murtys men will hope to progress to a tie at Somerset Park and a clash with Ayr United, without too much fuss.
Here are 5 storylines to follow in the match tonight.
WILL WE SEE CUMMINGS START?
Jason Cummings climbed off the bench on Sunday to score the winning goal in the clash with Ross County, having seen his game time severely limited at Nottingham Forrest, Rangers may see this as an ideal opportunity to get vital minutes under Cumdogs belt in his quest to regain full match sharpness.
WILL WE SEE KENNY MILLER PLAY A PART?
Kenny Miller has made a truly remarkable comeback from an injury sustained in the match with Hibernian in December.
At the time many supporters were fearing this could well have been the last sight we had seen of Miller in a Rangers jersey, due to his age, along with the severity of the injury it was a genuine concern for many fans.
His miracle man comeback is testament to the manner in which Miller looks after himself and his desire to continue to play on. If he wants to stake a claim for a place in the current Rangers side there is no better place to start.
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His experience could prove vital in these types of matches, he will be eager go show us all he still has something to offer.
HOW WILL RANGERS COPE WITH THE CONDITIONS?
The surroundings of Bellslea Park will be as about as far removed from the conditions the Rangers squad are used to as you can get.
The crowd will be more than up for this game, and with not a great deal of space between the locals and the pitch it could prove interesting viewing how the players cope with the hostilities.
The pitch is also somewhat prone to cutting up and a more direct approach might well be favored by Rangers, in order to bypass this issue.
WILL FRINGE PLAYERS BE GIVEN A CHANCE?
Rangers head into a busy schedule including a few midweek fixtures. Murty may see this match as an ideal opportunity to bring a few of his squads fringe players back into the fold.
We will surely see starts for the likes of Cardoso, Haliday, Cummings and Docherty, the biggest question facing Murty might just be how far he goes in making changes to the line up.
This game could well see game time being handed out to the likes of Dalcio and O’ Halloran, the players of course would without doubt have to grab the chance presented to them if they hold any hope of a long term future.
Wholesale changes can always prove risky, however Rangers should see off the challenge from the Highland league no matter who pulls on the strip.
WILL MORELOS BE RESTED?
There is not a single shred of doubt about the ability of Alfredo Morelos, at present however he looks as if taking him out the first team and resting him for Saturday’s visit with Hibernian at Ibrox could be a wise one.
Murty may feel that tonight’s game is an ideal opportunity to get his confidence back in front of goal, but with conditions underfoot likely patchy at best it would prove a big gamble.
This all of course if Morelos is still at the club come game time, with speculation rife he could be on the way to China.
The line up I would go with, and I have gone all champ manager 97 with a 4-3-3 formation.
Alnwick, Hodson, Cardoso, Bates, John, Dalcio, Haliday, O’Halloran, Herrera, Cummings, Docherty
Fraserbrugh 0 Rangers 4
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