Rangers Predicted XI vs Hamilton Accies
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Rangers Predicted XI vs Hamilton Accies

Rangers take on Hamilton Academical at Ibrox on Sunday afternoon and Steven Gerrard is likely to make several changes to his playing XI following a tough workout in Lisbon on Thursday night.

The Gers are seeking their sixth consecutive league win and face an Accies side who are currently bottom of the Premiership table.

Brian Rice’s Hamilton have started the season poorly. (Photo by Roddy Scott/SNS Group via Getty Images)

The Lanarkshire club signed a former Sheffield United winger on Friday afternoon, but the visitors haven’t played a match in two and a half weeks and prior to that, had lost three league games on the bounce.

Brian Rice’s side won at Ibrox in March, though, so while Gerrard may mix things up, he’ll be demanding full focus from his squad to avoid a repeat of that disastrous result.

We’re predicting a total of four changes to the starting lineup.

The first of those may come in goal, with Jon McLaughlin coming in for Allan McGregor.

Jon McLaughlin could return to the Rangers XI vs Hamilton. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)

McGregor hasn’t had a great deal to do in recent weeks, but Gerrard spoke previously about his desire to keep his keepers fresh and ready and Scotland international McLaughlin hasn’t played since the 2-0 win over Ross County over a month ago.

There may also be a change to the back four. James Tavernier, Connor Goldson and Borna Barisic are all likely to start but the manager has been keen to rotate Filip Helander and Leon Balogun this season and after the former’s struggles against Benfica, he may be taken out of the firing line.

In midfield, Ryan Jack is likely to retain his place but Steven Davis could be rested ahead of international duty, while Glen Kamara could drop out as the Gers go for goals.

Scott Arfield may replace Davis if he gets over a minor knock picked up in Portugal, while Joe Aribo could shift back from an advanced role.

Joe Aribo will be searching for goals against Hamilton. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

At the top end of the pitch, Ryan Kent is likely to be given the chance to end his mini-drought and Alfredo Morelos should start again following his impressive showing at the Estádio da Luz.

The final attacking berth could go to Kemar Roofe after the summer signing went unused on Thursday.

There could be a spot on the bench for new signing, Bongani Zungu, while the likes of Cedric Itten and Jermain Defoe will be hoping to be deployed at some stage.

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