Rangers fans have reacted on Twitter after the Gers’ starting XI was confirmed for Sunday evening’s Scottish Cup third round clash against Cove Rangers.

Steven Gerrard recently made it clear that the Scottish Cup is the priority for Rangers between now and the end of the season [Glasgow Times].

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Steven Gerrard’s Rangers starting XI to face Cove Rangers has been confirmed. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

However, an assignment against lower-league opposition provides an opportunity for rotation and Gary McAllister confirmed during Friday’s pre-match press conference that chances would be given to some fringe players [RangersTV].

In all, the manager has made seven changes to the side that drew 1-1 at Celtic Park prior to the international break.

Jon McLaughlin makes his first appearance of 2021 between the sticks, as Allan McGregor is given a rare rest.

Connor Goldson and Filip Helander continue at centre-back but Leon Balogun and Borna Barisic drop out of right-back and left-back respectively, with Nathan Patterson and Calvin Bassey coming into the side.

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In midfield, Joe Aribo makes way for Scott Arfield, who joins Steven Davis and Glen Kamara in a strong-looking midfield three.

Finally, it’s all change in the final third, as Ianis Hagi, Ryan Kent and Alfredo Morelos drop out for Kemar Roofe, Scott Wright and Jermain Defoe, with Wright making his first-ever Rangers start.

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Scott Wright has made the Rangers starting XI for the first time. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Will this side be strong enough to secure progression to the next round?

Many supporters were delighted to see Wright make the XI but others questioned why fellow fringe players like Cedric Itten and Jack Simpson had missed out while the likes of Filip Helander and Steven Davis continue despite their heavy international workloads.

Here’s a selection of reactions from Twitter:


Rangers’ potential fourth and fifth round opponents were confirmed earlier on Sunday.

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