Shocked Rangers fans have responded on social media after the Gers starting XI to face Sparta Prague was confirmed.
Steven Gerrard’s men are taking on the Czech giants at the Letna Stadium in front of a 10,000-strong crowd mainly made up of children.
Filip Helander, Ryan Jack and Ryan Kent were all ruled out well in advance through injury while in a late surprise, vice-captain Connor Goldson didn’t travel.
Goldson’s absence has forced a reshuffle in defence.
Allan McGregor replaces Jon McLaughlin between the sticks, while James Tavernier, Leon Balogun and Calvin Bassey continue, but Bassey shifts to centre-back and Borna Barisic comes in at left-back.
In midfield, Glen Kamara keeps his spot, while there’s a return for Steven Davis and a first-ever Rangers start for Juninho Bacuna.
Surprisingly, Alfredo Morelos and Ianis Hagi have both been left on the bench, with Gerrard opting for a front three of Joe Aribo, Kemar Roofe and Fashion Sakala.
Few Rangers fans saw this starting XI coming.
Plenty are delighted that Bacuna has finally been handed a start but many are puzzled by the omissions of key men Alfredo Morelos and Ianis Hagi.
Here’s a selection of reactions from Twitter:
Bacuna starting 🤩 pic.twitter.com/jajYuRJUuc
— ʙᴇɴ💫 (@BenBaker___) September 30, 2021
— 𝗝 (@JamieRFC14) September 30, 2021
No Morelos or Hagi pic.twitter.com/UduWBPNeSF
— Steely (@OhItsSteely) September 30, 2021
Starting a Europa League game away from home without Goldson, Helander, Jack, Kent, Morelos and even Hagi. Clearly most are forced upon but tonight’s team is certainly a shock! pic.twitter.com/SD9SqhgpT2
— Every other Saturday…its off to the match I go (@CF3Loyal) September 30, 2021
— tom mcconnell (@Tomm_mcconnell) September 30, 2021
Morelos and hagi on the bench pic.twitter.com/187f4x0HAZ
— Connor lough (@lough_9) September 30, 2021
I get Morelos not starting as he’s been poor but hagi? Seriously? He’s saved us twice already from terrible performances
— Cameron Findlay (@C4meronFindlay) September 30, 2021
— Craig Murdoch (@craigmurdoch11) September 30, 2021
Hagi and alfie on the bench 🤔🤔
— Reidger (@Reidger2) September 30, 2021
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