Rangers are preparing to visit old foes Dundee United this weekend as the club continues to get its defence of the Scottish Premiership title underway.
The Champions opened their account for the season with a 3-0 victory over Livingston at Ibrox and go into this match off the back of a disappointing 2-1 Champions League first leg defeat to Malmo.
Whilst there might be one eye on that return leg this Tuesday amongst expectant fans – and the subsequent return of 50k fans to Ibrox it brings – in the Rangers camp that talk will be clamped.
Steven Gerrard’s Ibrox reign has been defined by the mantra “one game at a time” and we expect the Rangers squad will be well versed in the demands of life at Ibrox by now.
Tannadice away – Dundee United themselves with fans back in the ground – is traditionally one of the more difficult ties in the Scottish game but Rangers go into this match as firm favourites.
Not only that, but with the additions of Kemar Roofe, Glen Kamara and Alfredo Morelos to the squad, the Gers are somewhat stronger than Tuesday evening.
Dundee United kicked off their own Scottish Premiership campaign with an opening day 2-0 defeat to Aberdeen and they’ll be hoping to throw a spanner in Rangers’ works this weekend.
We expect Steven Gerrard to make a few changes for the game, starting with the goalkeeper.
Jon McLaughlin started last week’s Livingston clash and whilst both keepers get up to speed, we expect McGregor to be used in Europe and McLaughlin domestically.
At the back, Borna Barisic should retain his place as he looks to get minutes in his legs with Connor Goldson and James Tavernier also starting.
We expect Leon Balogun to come back in for Filip Helander, who was one of only two players praised by Steven Gerrard on Tuesday evening.
We expect the other of those players, Steven Davis, to be rested as Glen Kamara comes in with John Lundstram retaining his place and – if fit – Joe Aribo playing in the place of Scott Arfield.
There’s been much speculation over the future of Glen Kamara this window and amid talk of the “offer” of a new deal, we expect him to show his worth to the club in this game.
Up top, Ryan Kent starts out left whilst Cedric Itten starts up top and Kemar Roofe plays off the right as he returns for his first start of the season.
This could potentially even mirror the 4-3-1-2 we saw against Celtic last season.
But later in the game could we also see the return of a key man who is officially back in first-team training?