Livingston vs Rangers - Predicted XI for League Cup quarter-final
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Livingston vs Rangers - Predicted XI for League Cup quarter-final

Rangers take on Livingston in the quarter-final of the Scottish League Cup on Wednesday evening.

It’s a big game for all concerned with the club as a spot in a Hampden Park semi awaits the victors.

The Gers only needed to win one game, against East Fife, to get to this stage. The manager used that tie as a chance to offer minutes to his fringe players, but the Gers still ran out 3-0 winners.

Joe Aribo scored in the last round and is likely to start once again. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

This time around, such wholesale changes are unlikely.

The League Cup presents a real chance to pick up silverware and therefore, Gerrard is unlikely to take undue risk against a Livi side who caused the Gers some problems at Ibrox, earlier this month.

We’re predicting just the two alterations for this one.

The manager sang Steven Davis’ praises after Sunday’s win at St Johnstone [Daily Record], but it’s unlikely he’ll start at the Tony Macaroni. At 34, three games in less than a week is surely too big an ask. Finland international Glen Kamara is most likely to come in to fill the void.

Glen Kamara is likely to return to the playing XI. (photo by Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Scott Arfield is likely to return having been given a rest for the first hour at McDiarmid Park. Despite his best efforts, his replacement, Brandon Barker, didn’t manage to shine, and he’s likely to drop to the bench.

Elsewhere, cases can be presented for others getting game time. The likes of Wes Foderingham, George Edmundson and Jermain Defoe, who all played in the last round, could conceivably come in. However, given the magnitude of this game, Gerrard is likely to stick with what has worked in the last two outings.

Andy King and Greg Docherty will be vying for a spot in the squad.

Livingston vs Rangers 25/09/2019 – Predicted XI

GK – Allan McGregor 

RB – James Tavernier 

CB – Connor Goldson 

CB – Filip Helander 

LB – Borna Barisic 

CDM – Glen Kamara 

CM – Ryan Jack 

CM – Joe Aribo 

RF – Sheyi Ojo 

LF – Scott Arfield 

ST – Alfredo Morelos