Rangers fans have responded on social media after the Gers team news was confirmed for the Europa League Round of 32 second-leg clash vs Royal Antwerp.
The hosts carry an advantage into this evening’s match under the lights at Ibrox, having triumphed 4-3 in a dramatic first leg in Antwerp last week.
Ahead of the game, James Tavernier, Ryan Jack and Kemar Roofe were all ruled out through injury, but Steven Gerrard has still managed to name a strong side.
Allan McGregor continues in goal and the back four is unchanged from Sunday’s Premiership win over Dundee United, with Leon Balogun and Borna Barisic named as the full-backs and Connor Goldson and Filip Helander pairing up at centre-back.
In midfield, Glen Kamara replaces the injured Jack, slotting in alongside in-form duo Steven Davis and Joe Aribo.
Ianis Hagi is set to occupy the right inside forward berth, with Ryan Kent on the opposite side and Alfredo Morelos leading the line.
Will this team be strong enough to secure progression to the Last 16?
The biggest talking points were the bold calls to bring Nathan Patterson, Calvin Bassey and Bongani Zungu back into the squad after all three players completed isolation periods and apologised for recently breaching Covid regulations.
Here’s a selection of reactions from Twitter:
patterson, bassey and zungu is a big surprise
— Every Other Saturday Podcast🇬🇧⚽️ (@EveryOtherSatu1) February 25, 2021
All the naughty lads on the bench . . . Let’s see what they are made of Rangers. . . .
— James Moore.7 pts to go🏆☕ (@NOTELINYI) February 25, 2021
Hopefully Patterson and bassey get some game time to repay the fans and club
— Declan Little (@Declan_1872_) February 25, 2021
Feel for jones and Edmondson now that they were made to leave but doors still open for the other 3, onto the next round but
— #55 (@gs__94) February 25, 2021
Patterson and Bassey on bench 😧
— sam (@smcg72_) February 25, 2021
The boys are back
— Craig Roonie🇬🇧 (@RFCCRAIG1872) February 25, 2021
I didn't think Patterson would be back in the picture this quickly, and I didn't think Bassey and Zungu would be seen again. https://t.co/df61m4mZ9u
— Iain Meredith (@IainMeredith) February 25, 2021
Mmmmm……. Bassey, Patterson & Zungu on the bench……..🤔 https://t.co/3RqM6gX035
— Auntie Jojo (@jo_currie23) February 25, 2021
Surprised to see Patterson, Bassey and especially Zungu on bench.
— Pauline Wardle (@pmw_77) February 25, 2021
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