Ahead of Rangers’ Premier Sports Cup quarter-final tie with Livingston, we’ve put together a Gers Predicted XI.

Steven Gerrard has a first cup win as a manager in his sights but he’s without several important players for Wednesday night’s clash.

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Ryan Kent is out of action after picking up a hamstring injury against Lyon. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Filip Helander, Ryan Jack and Ryan Kent are all out injured.

However, there was some positive player news ahead of the match, with Ianis Hagi and Nathan Patterson both returning to training. The former has recovered from Covid and the latter from an ankle problem.

During Tuesday’s press conference, Gary McAllister made it clear how seriously the Gers are taking the competition [Rangers.co.uk], but it’s still likely that several fringe players will be given opportunities to impress.

We’re predicting six changes to the side that drew 1-1 with Motherwell in the Premiership on Sunday.

Jon McLaughlin is likely to be named between the sticks in place of Allan McGregor, but there may only be one change to the back four.

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Jon McLaughlin makes our Predicted XI to face Livingston. (Photo by Jose Manuel Alvarez/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

Calvin Bassey is likely to swap in for Borna Barisic at left-back, but James Tavernier, Connor Goldson and Jack Simpson could continue, with available again Patterson perhaps playing a role from the bench and Leon Balogun possibly rested again ahead of big trips to Dundee and Sparta Prague.

In midfield, it could well be all change, with John Lundstram, Scott Arfield and Juninho Bacuna replacing Steven Davis, Glen Kamara and Joe Aribo.

At the top end of the pitch, Alfredo Morelos should return but Scott Wright and Fashion Sakala could remain in the side to provide pace in wide areas, with Kemar Roofe dropping out.

Hagi is likely to feature off the bench given that he’s only just returned to training.

Rangers Predicted XI vs Livingston (H) – 22/09/2021:

GK – Jon McLaughlin

RB – James Tavernier 

CB – Connor Goldson

CB – Jack Simpson 

LB – Calvin Bassey 

CDM – John Lundstram 

CM – Scott Arfield 

CM – Juninho Bacuna 

RIF – Fashion Sakala 

LIF – Scott Wright 

ST – Alfredo Morelos

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