Huge double-blow at the back? Defensive man to play further forward. Our predicted XI to face Celtic
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Predicted Rangers XI vs Celtic (H)

Our predicted XI to face Celtic on Saturday will look pretty grim for Rangers fans.

Injuries have hit the club hard in recent times, and it’s a worrying list for Gers supporters.

The likes of Ryan Kent, Borna Barisic, Gareth McAuley, Connor Goldson, and Scott Arfield are either doubtful or confirmed to be out. It’s a lengthy list that threatens to tarnish Rangers’ chances on Saturday.

Don’t get it wrong, however, as Celtic have injury concerns of their own. The likes of Kieran Tierney, Leigh Griffiths, Daniel Arzani, and Nir Bitton are all likely missing for them.

Connor Goldson limped off against Hibernian (Alan Rennie/Action Plus via Getty Images)

But from a Rangers perspective, there’s going to be plenty of tweaking this weekend.

Where you can always guarantee there’ll be no swap, however, is in goal. Allan McGregor is going to be heavily relied upon to have another stormer in an Old Firm game. He tends to save his best for these occasions, and will be looking forward to battling with Celtic once more.

Another guaranteed starter is James Tavernier, who also saves some of his best for these games. Yet, big question marks hover down the left.

Just when it looked like Lee Wallace was about to make his big Rangers return, it was swiped from under him by Steven Gerrard. Andy Halliday started at left-back against Hibs, and a start for Wallace on Saturday now looks highly unlikely.

Injury doubts at the back are what Rangers fans will be mostly concerned about heading into Saturday. Both Connor Goldson and Gareth McAuley are highly-doubtful to face Celtic. Goldson came off against Hibs with a knock, whilst McAuley was a doubt beforehand.

A big defensive problem

We’re going to say that neither make it and Gerrard is forced to go with both Joe Worrall and Nikola Katic.

The midfield picks itself. A lack of mobility between Ryan Jack, Lassana Coulibaly, and Ross McCrorie will be a concern, but they’re all Rangers have. The departure of Ovie Ejaria combined with Arfield’s injury means Rangers are lacking a creative spark.

But, in this case, we’re going to predict that Jack and McCrorie will sit back whilst Coulibaly has some license to roam forward and join attacks.

Lassana Coulibaly’s return to the team will see him start on Saturday (Josef Bollwein/SEPA.Media /Getty Images)

Daniel Candeias is a guaranteed starter too, as is Alfredo Morelos.

The left-side has posed Rangers problems in the past. With Kent sidelined and Eros Grezda failing to make his mark yet, there’s only one option.

Glenn Middleton impressed to an extent against Hibs, but is clearly still raw. He only had a cameo appearance at Celtic Park, but it looks like he’ll be thrown on from the start at Ibrox.

Below, you can see our full starting XI for the Celtic meeting:

GK – Allan McGregor

RB – James Tavernier

CB – Nikola Katic

CB – Joe Worrall

LB – Andy Halliday

CDM – Ryan Jack

CDM – Ross McCrorie

RM – Daniel Candeias

CM – Lassana Coulibaly

LM – Glenn Middleton

ST – Alfredo Morelos

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