Rangers take on Willem II in Tilburg on Thursday evening in a Europa League third-round qualifier.

The Gers cruised past part-timers Lincoln Red Imps with a 5-0 victory in the last round and their Dutch opponents defeated Progres Niederkorn by the same scoreline.

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Vangelis Pavlidis scored twice for Willem II in their 5-0 win over Progres Niederkorn. (Photo by Geert van Erven/Soccrates/Getty Images)

The two sides had very different weekends at domestic level, though, with Willem II hammering Heracles Almelo 4-0 in the Eredivisie on Sunday, shortly after Steven Gerrard’s side were held to a 2-2 draw at Easter Road.

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With no room for slip-ups in these single-leg qualifiers, Rangers will need to be back to their best in the Netherlands and the manager will be looking to pick as strong a starting XI as he can, given the club’s injury woes.

Joe Aribo, Ryan Jack, Kemar Roofe and Brandon Barker are all set to miss the tie, meaning the Gers are a little short on options both in midfield and in attack.

As a result, it’s unlikely many changes will be made from the side that started in the capital at the weekend.


The exception may come between the sticks, with Allan McGregor possibly in line for a recall.


The veteran stopper played in the previous European tie in Gibraltar and after Jon McLaughlin’s clean sheet record came to an end on Sunday, the door has been opened for his return.

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Allan McGregor could make his second Europa League appearance of the season for Rangers in their qualifier against Willem II. (Photo by Willie Vass/Pool via Getty Images)

McLaughlin had a flawless first month and a half as a Rangers player but he could have done better for Hibs’ opener and Gerrard may turn to the extremely reliable McGregor for this must-win fixture.

Connor Goldson, Filip Helander and Borna Barisic all could have done better defensively at the weekend, but they will likely get the nod again alongside skipper, James Tavernier, with Helander just holding out fit-again Leon Balogun.

Gerrard recently hinted that Steven Davis, Glen Kamara and Scott Arfield would make up the midfield for the foreseeable future with Aribo and Jack both sidelined [Glasgow Live], so all three are almost guaranteed to start.

At the top end of the pitch, Ryan Kent and Ianis Hagi are set to continue in the side after notching an assist each against Hibs, while Alfredo Morelos is likely to get the nod over Cedric Itten and Jermain Defoe after netting three times in his last two appearances.

Rangers Predicted XI vs Willem II (A) – 24/09/2020:


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