Rangers don’t have their injury problems to seek as the club travels to the Czech Republic to face Sparta Prague in the Europa League.

The Gers will be without the influential key players Ryan Kent, Ryan Jack and Connor Goldson for the clash as they look to register their first points in the competition.

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Connor Goldson is a big miss for Rangers v Sparta Prague. (Photo by Steve Welsh/Getty Images,)

A positive result in this match would certainly be advantageous to a Gers side eager to get out of the group stages for the third year on the bounce.

Rangers kicked off their campaign with a 2-0 defeat to Lyon whilst Sparta got their first point on the board with a 0-0 draw against Danish champions Brondby.

It leaves things neatly poised heading into the final five games and Rangers can take a major step in the right direction by collecting all three points at the Generali Česká pojišťovna Arena.

But in order to do so the club must overcome a defensive crisis of sorts as the Gers head into the match with only one recognised senior centre-back.

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Leon Balogun will act as the experienced head on the backline with Rangers missing vice-captain Connor Goldson, injured defender Filip Helander and the unregistered Jack Simpson.

 

We suspect that Calvin Bassey will be asked to partner Leon with Borna Barisic and James Tavernier making up the backline.

Allan McGregor should get a recall in goals whilst the Gers face some tough decisions in the midfield and offensive areas of the pitch.

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Allan McGregor is so often the hero on European nights and we expect to see him back between the sticks against Sparta. (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP via Getty Images)

We fancy a robust midfield three of John Lundstram, Steven Davis and Glen Kamara, whilst we suspect Kemar Roofe, Alfredo Morelos and Joe Aribo will complete the front three.

In total this would be three changes from the side that beat Dundee 1-0.

The likes of Scott Wright and Ianis Hagi might count themselves unlucky not to make our XI but given the backdrop, we expect a more conservative and controlled side to start v Sparta Prague.

Read more about Rangers’ defensive crisis and what it means for the club heading into the clash with Sparta Prague.

Rangers predicted XI v Sparta Prague

GK – Allan McGregor

DR – James Tavernier

DC – Leon Balogun

DC – Calvin Bassey

DL – Borna Barisic

CDM – Steven Davis

CM – John Lundstram

CM – Glen Kamara

RF – Joe Aribo

LF – Kemar Roofe

ST – Alfredo Morelos

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