Rangers predicted XI vs Midtjylland in crunch Europa League qualifier
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Rangers predicted XI vs Midtjylland in crunch Europa League qualifier

Rangers take on FC Midtjylland on Thursday evening in the Europa League third qualifying round.
Having defeated both St Joseph’s and Progres Niederkorn to get to this stage, things now crank up a notch. Rangers Reserves coach Peter Lovenkrands has already warned that the Danes will provide stiff opposition [Rangers.co.uk].

Midtjylland have won the first four games of their Danish Superliga season. (Photo by Lars Ronbog / FrontZoneSport via Getty Images)

With the away leg falling first this time around, the crucial thing for Steven Gerrard is that his side stays in the tie before the return fixture at Ibrox.
To that end, Rangers must be defensively sound, without overlooking the importance of grabbing an away goal or two. The manager’s team selection is likely to reflect those aims.
Therefore, we’re predicting three changes from the side that defeated Kilmarnock on Sunday.

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Firstly, Allan McGregor will come in for Wes Foderingham between the sticks. The latter didn’t do anything wrong at Rugby Park, but when available, the former is the undisputed number one.

McGregor excelled in Europe last season. (Photo by Epsilon/Getty Images)

At left-back, Borna Barisic could drop out for Andy Halliday. Plenty of Bears were unhappy with the Croatian’s performance in Ayrshire, and while the manager clearly still has some faith, perhaps club stalwart Halliday will be included as a lower-risk option.
Finally, given the importance of defensive solidity, we expect Glen Kamara to return to his defensive midfield role. He provides a great buffer for the back four, and could come in at the expense of Joe Aribo. That would mean a return to the trio which worked so well late last season with the Finn accompanying Steven Davis and Ryan Jack.
If the Gers get through the first hour unscathed but are in need of a goal, then Aribo may be introduced from the bench.

Predicted XI vs FC Midtjylland (A) 08/08/2019:

GK – Allan McGregor

RB – James Tavernier

CB – Connor Goldson

CB – Nikola Katic

LB – Andy Halliday

CDM – Glen Kamara

CM – Steven Davis

CM – Ryan Jack

RF – Sheyi Ojo

LF – Scott Arfield

ST – Alfredo Morelos

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