Rangers fans have reacted on social media after the starting XI was announced for tonight’s Europa League clash against Bayer Leverkusen.
Almost five months after the first leg was played out in front of a packed Ibrox, the second leg of the Last 16 tie is finally here.
Leverkusen ran out deserved 3-1 winners in March and are heavy favourites ahead of this one.
Yet, the German club haven’t played a match since the end of June, so the Gers will be hoping to catch them cold and pull off a stunning comeback.
UEFA rules ensure that Ianis Hagi, who was on loan at Ibrox last season, is the only one of Steven Gerrard’s summer acquisitions who is eligible for this fixture.
However, the manager still had a strong squad to chose from for the behind-closed-doors fixture at the BayArena.
Allan McGregor starts in goal behind a back four of James Tavernier, Connor Goldson, Filip Helander and Borna Barisic.
In midfield, Ryan Jack and Steven Davis fill the deep-lying roles, with Glen Kamara suspended.
Occupying more advanced positions are Joe Aribo, Ryan Kent and Brandon Barker, with Barker a surprise inclusion ahead of Ianis Hagi.
Meanwhile, Alfredo Morelos leads the line despite the speculation surrounding the player’s future.
Is this team good enough to overturn a sizeable first-leg deficit?
Plenty of Bears aren’t happy with the XI and have expressed their disappointment on social media:
How could you do this to us
— mason 🇬🇧 (@18Mason72) August 6, 2020
WHY IS HAGI ON THE BENCH
— articz (@articz_) August 6, 2020
— Dylan (@DM_RFC) August 6, 2020
Right good yin, where’s the real lineup ? You missed Hagi
— 𝗥𝗮𝗻𝗴𝗲𝗿𝘀 𝗦𝗽𝗮𝗿𝗲𝘀 (@RangersSpares__) August 6, 2020
— euan (@_EuanG72) August 6, 2020
Hagi on the bench pic.twitter.com/FurkILVheu
— Caleb McDowall (@Tp_ManiaAc) August 6, 2020
Would’ve taken Hagi & Edmundson over Barker & Helander like… 🤔
— Lewis Milne (@TheBizzaah95) August 6, 2020
Hagi on the bench pic.twitter.com/GhUH43Vo5J
— Andrew Wilson (@Andrew_GWilson) August 6, 2020
Hagi on the bench? Cmon Mr Rangers we have to go all guns blazing if we want a result tonight! Hagi can’t be on the bench 🤔🤔🤔
— alex (@jonesie_72) August 6, 2020
Well this isn’t what I had in mind.
— Cammy ツ (@cameronw_94) August 6, 2020