Rangers take on Partick Thistle on Monday evening at Firhill Stadium in their first pre-season fixture.

It’s one of four confirmed 2021/22 preparation matches for the Gers and it will be shown live on RangersTV, with a strong lineup named for the coverage.


Neil McCann will be on pundit duty for RangersTV at Firhill. (photo by David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Obviously, pre-season is all about trying things out and giving opportunities to fringe and youth players as well as established stars.

However, we’re still going to try and predict the Rangers starting XI based on who was present for the first week of pre-season training and Jags boss Ian McCall’s claim that Steven Gerrard intends to name a strong side.


We expect Allan McGregor to start in goal to get him back into the swing of things, with Andy Firth, Robby McCrorie and Kieran Wright all in with a shout of playing the second half.

At the back, the continued absence of both Filip Helander and Borna Barisic means we expect the manager to go with a four of James Tavernier, Connor Goldson, Leon Balogun and Calvin Bassey.

Glen Kamara is also yet to report back following international duty and the fixture is likely to come too soon for Ryan Jack, so we’re going for a midfield two of Steven Davis and Joe Aribo, with new arrival Nnamdi Ofoborh set for a debut off the bench.

Ianis Hagi may then be deployed in a more advanced central role, with Kemar Roofe and Scott Wright on either side and Cedric Itten leading the line.

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Cedric Itten leads the line in our strong Rangers Predicted XI to face Partick Thistle in a pre-season friendly. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Rangers Predicted XI vs Partick Thistle – 05/07/2021 (A)

GK – Allan McGregor

RB – James Tavernier

CB – Connor Goldson

CB – Leon Balogun

LB – Calvin Bassey

CM – Steven Davis 

CM – Joe Aribo 

CAM – Ianis Hagi

RW – Kemar Roofe

LW – Scott Wright

ST – Cedric Itten

Here are five exciting starlets who could also feature in the match off the bench.

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