Rangers have it all to do Ibrox this evening with the cocky Belgians boasting a 2-0 lead and last week’s insipid performance doing little to inspire confidence.
But as the week has progressed, buoyed by Rangers’ 2-0 victory over Kilmarnock at the weekend and the return of Alfredo Morelos, excitement is building in the support.
This match has the potential to be one of “those” legendary Ibrox European encounters and the players know if they can utilise the crowd they can give themselves a massive chance.
Union Saint Gilloise are no mugs of course; finishing second in the Belgian Pro League last season and with a growing reputation in Europe, the Gers will be well aware of their threats.
Not to mention the fact they outplayed us on a disappointing night in Belgium last week.
But everyone knows that things are different at Ibrox and we expect Rangers to start on the front foot and hopefully turn this defeat over in front of a raucous stadium.
Does Ryan Kent make our Rangers predicted XI to play Union Saint Gilloise?
In goal, Rangers have stuck with Jon McLaughlin in the opening three matches of the season and despite Allan McGregor’s European heroics we expect that to continue here.
In defence, Rangers captain James Tavernier and vice-captain Connor Goldson are shoo-ins whilst James Sands was preferred at centre-back this weekend suggesting Ben Davies isn’t quite ready to start.
At left-back, Ridvan Yilmaz is here and ready to play so we expect him to start against USG as he did against Kilmarnock with Barisic on the bench.
In midfield, Rangers were criticised for starting three defensive midfielders last week and we suspect things will be a bit more attacking this time around.
John Lundstram – defiant in a pre-match presser – is nailed on to start and we reckon Steven Davis, who impressed at the weekend, and Malik Tillman will complete the three.
Out left, if Ryan Kent is in anyway fit we expect GVB to play him with Antonio Colak starting up front and Tom Lawrence playing out right.
This would give Rangers the option of bringing on the likes of Alfredo Morelos later in the match as well as the pacey Rabbi Matondo as USG begin to tire.
Rangers v Union Saint Gilloise – Rangers predicted XI – 4-2-3-1/4-3-3
GK – Jon McLaughlin
DR – James Tavernier
DC – Connor Goldson
DC – James Sands
DL – Ridvan Yilmaz
CDM – John Lundstram
CM/CDM– Steven Davis
CM/CAM – Malik Tillman
RW – Tom Lawrence
ST – Antonio Colak
LW – Ryan Kent