Rangers head to Lyon with manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst intimating that he may well be preparing to make changes in France.

The Europa League clash will round off yet another successful group campaign at Ibrox as the Gers celebrate reaching the competition’s knockout stages for a third straight campaign.

Talk surrounding whoever is up next will need to be shelved as the Gers await a Champions League drop-out in the revamped competition next year.

Lyon – comfortably through as group winners – will also be well aware of the game’s status with both sides comfortable with a place in the knockouts regardless of the result.

However, this is an opportunity for Rangers to lay down a marker of their progress from the 2-0 defeat to Lyon at Ibrox on the opening night of the groups.


The game also presents a chance for some of those players who’ve been on the edges of the starting XI and they will be eager to impress ahead of a tough run in December.

Rangers boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst will also be looking to maintain a perfect start after four wins from four made it the best start to an Ibrox manager’s career since 1969.

With all of this in mind it is a challenge to predict who manager Gio will pick for this clash with the Ligue 1 outfit.

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In goal, we’re expecting Jon McLaughlin to come in for Allan McGregor, GVB’s appointment initially quashing that frustrating rotation introduced by Gerrard this season.

We’re also expecting captain James Tavernier to be rested with Nathan Patterson starting and Connor Goldson, Calvin Bassey and Borna Barisic all starting due to injuries elsewhere.

In midfield, we’re backing Steven Davis to come back into the side with John Lundstram alongside him and Joe Aribo in front.

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Rangers boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst has hinted there will be changes against Lyon. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

On the wings, we’re backing Ryan Kent to also come back into the side, with Kemar Roofe starting up front and Scott Wright getting the chance to impress on the right.

Two key Rangers attackers are also on a suspension tight-rope heading into the match and we reckon Gio may be in no rush to involve them and risk a ban:

Lyon v Rangers – Rangers predicted XI – 4-2-3-1

GK – Jon McLaughlin

DR – Nathan Patterson

DC – Connor Goldson

DC – Calvin Bassey

DL – Borna Barisic

CM – John Lundstram

CM – Steven Davis

RW – Scott Wright

CAM – Joe Aribo

LW – Ryan Kent

ST – Kemar Roofe

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