Rangers predicted XI v Motherwell as Gers look to go 23 points clear
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Rangers predicted XI v Motherwell as Gers look to go 23 points clear

Rangers could take another massive step towards securing 55 this afternoon when Steven Gerrard’s side travel to take on Motherwell – and the Light Blues boss should name an unchanged XI against the Steelmen.

The Gers sit with a 20-point cushion at the top of the Premiership with 15 games to go and a win over the Fir Park side would continue the momentum Gerrard’s side have built up.

Hastie will miss the game against his parent club(Photo by Rob Casey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

New Motherwell boss Graham Alexander will face a massive test in his second game in charge and will be without Jake Hastie as the winger sits out the game due to SPFL rules on loan players facing their parent club.


Former Ibrox kid Liam Kelly is almost certain to face his former club while Steven Lawless could make his debut following his move fromBurton Albion. as Motherwell look to turn around a run of 10 games without a win in the league.

Motherwell are winless in their last 47 top-flight league matches against Rangers, a 1-0 win in December 2002 their last triumph against the Gers.

With a phenomenal fifteen consecutive league wins under their belt, Rangers sit 90 minutes away from equalling the club’s post-war record for consecutive league wins and Gerrard should stick with the XI who got the job done against Aberdeen at Pittodrie last weekend.

That would see veteran keeper Allan McGregor start behind a back four of James Tavernier, Connor Goldson, Leon Balogun and Borna Barisic, and the Light Blues will be hoping to record yet another clean sheet to add to their outstanding defensive record so far.

So far, the Gers have conceded six times in 23 games and their phenomenal record has been an excellent foundation for Gerrard’s side to build on and push towards the title.

The midfield trio of Joe Aribo, Steven Davis and Glen Kamara will again be asked to dictate the tempo for the Gers and dominate possession against the struggling ‘Well.

Ryan Jack is close to a return but won’t be pitched into a start while Scott Arfield remains sidelines through injury, leaving the Gers a bit short on bodies in midfield.

South African international Bongani Zungu has regularly appeared from the bench, but the on-loan midfielder hasn’t really done enough to merit a start.

When Rangers’ midfield are at their best, the Gers are unplayable and having all three on song will be crucial in avoiding dropping points.

Ahead of them, Ianis Hagi and Ryan Kent will be in the wide positions looking to produce opportunities for Alfredo Morelos to build on last weekend’s double against Aberdeen at Pittodrie.

Morelos’ goals have fans hopeful that the Colombian is back to his best and, with Kemar Roofe still out injured, he’ll almost certainly be the focal point against the Steelmen.

The likes of Jermain Defoe and Cedric Itten will have been pushing for a start all week but it is hard to argue against Hagi in particular being given a start.

Hopefully, whichever XI Gerrard picks is enough to extend the Gers’ lead at the top of the Premiership table after Celtic’s latest calamity – and leave them on course to win the club’s first title in a decade at Celtic Park.

Here’s how we think the Light Blues will line up against Motherwell this weekend:

It appears Aberdeen want the situation over Scott Wright’s future settled quickly after he was axed from the defeat by Ross County yesterday

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