Rangers v Celtic predicted XI: Surprise return for loanee, Arfield starts
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Rangers v Celtic predicted XI: Surprise return for loanee, Arfield starts

This Sunday sees the final Old Firm game of the season as Rangers travel across Glasgow to Parkhead to face Celtic – and Gio van Bronckhorst faces some tough selection decisions with a Europa League semi-final second leg looming.

The Gers flew back to Scotland today following last night’s Europa League defeat by RB Leipzig and van Bronckhorst hinted there are likely to be changes to his starting XI come Sunday.

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However, it seems unlikely there will be eight like last weekend’s win over Motherwell with a couple of changes more plausible.

With Kemar Roofe, Ianis Hagi, Alfredo Morelos and Fil Helander all still injured, Rangers are still likely to be very strong on Sunday and suggestions that the Gers should play the kids against their biggest rivals seem daft (to put it politely).

Veteran keeper Allan McGregor will almost certainly start what could be his last ever Old Firm game with James Tavernier, Connor Goldson, Calvin Bassey and Borna Barisic ahead of him.

In midfield, John Lundstram and Ryan Jack will again look to anchor the midfield with Rangers returning to a more familiar shape than against Leipzig – Scott Arfield also coming into the side to provide energy from that part of the pitch.

Having tried a few different attacking combinations recently, Joe Aribo‘s stint as a false nine against Leipzig seemed to bring about an improved performance and he’s likely to reprise that role on Sunday with Amad and Ryan Kent supporting from wider positions.

Here’s how we think Rangers will line up v Celtic in Sunday’s Old Firm

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