Rangers fans have responded on social media after Gio van Bronckhorst’s starting XI to take on Aberdeen was confirmed.

It’s the first match after the winter break for both sides, who’ll be keen to hit the ground running in 2022.

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The Gers are trying to restore their six point-lead at the top of the table, while the Dons are looking for a confidence-boosting win that would move them above Hibernian into fifth.

Rangers were flawless in December, with GvB and Alfredo Morelos scooping the Premiership Manager and Player of the Month awards respectively.

Injury problems and Joe Aribo’s Africa Cup of Nations commitments mean they travel to the Granite City understrength, but the starting XI still looks relatively strong.

Allan McGregor resumes between the sticks and the back four consists of James Tavernier, Connor Goldson, Calvin Bassey and Borna Barisic.

In midfield, James Sands benefits from the absence of Steven Davis and Scott Arfield and makes his debut alongside Glen Kamara.

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Ahead of them are Ianis Hagi, Scott Wright and Ryan Kent, with Morelos leading the line.

There’s also room on the bench for teenagers Leon King and Charlie McCann.

Will this side be strong enough to take all three points at Pittodrie?

Plenty of supporters are excited by GvB’s bold call to put Sands into the starting XI less than two weeks after he signed an 18-month loan deal from New York City FC.

Here’s a selection of reactions from Twitter:

Meanwhile, a Premier League club have reportedly tabled a £25m bid for a Serie A powerhouse amid links to a Rangers star.

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