First start for summer signing, Katic returns - Five changes in Predicted XI vs Hamilton
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Rangers vs Hamilton Predicted XI - Gerrard rings changes after Euro loss

Rangers have to pick themselves back up after Thursday night’s last-gasp defeat to Young Boys, as they return to Scottish Premiership action this weekend.

Hamilton, who currently sit eighth in the table, travel to Ibrox for a 3p.m kick-off on Sunday.

Given the disappointing nature of the European result and the fact that this game falls just three days later, Steven Gerrard is likely to make multiple changes.

At the back, James Tavernier has faced a barrage of criticism as he was at fault for both of the opposition’s goals on Thursday. However, it would be a big shout for Gerrard to actually drop his skipper, given the lack of an adequate replacement.

Tav had a horror night in Bern as Rangers slipped to a 2-1 defeat. (Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images)

There has been little to suggest the staff at Rangers have faith in Matt Polster to do a job in the league and with Jon Flanagan having not kicked a ball for over a month, Tav is likely to continue on.

The manager backed his skipper during Friday’s press conference, and he’s still likely to start against Accies as the Gers look to get on the front foot.

Elsewhere at the back, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Nikola Katic return to replace Filip Helander (who has a slight knock) after sitting out the European fixture.

In midfield, the Gers are somewhat depleted by injuries. Ryan Jack will miss this one, and while Gerrard suggested Joe Aribo has an outside chance of playing, it would seem unnecessary to risk rushing him back.

Jack limps off against Young Boys after receiving Physio attention. (Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images)

That means Andy King should make his first start for the club, alongside Steven Davis and Glen Kamara.

Rangers have played a lot of games in a short space of time, and therefore, it’s likely that the manager will pluck for rotation at the top end of the park.

Scott Arfield and Sheyi Ojo both came in for criticism after the Young Boys loss and could be replaced by Greg Stewart and Brandon Barker respectively.

Meanwhile, up front, it could be time to throw Jermain Defoe back into the starting XI. Alfredo Morelos has started the last six matches and although in excellent form, he may drop out for fresher legs this time.

Defoe has nine goals already this season but hasn’t started since the defeat to Celtic over a month ago. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

That should be a strong enough side to deal with a well organised Hamilton, but the likes of Morelos, Arfield and Ojo could provide significant firepower from the bench, in case things aren’t quite going to plan.

Rangers vs Hamilton Predicted XI 06/10/2019 (H)

GK – Allan McGregor 

RB – James Tavernier 

CB – Connor Goldson 

CB – Nikola Katic 

LB – Borna Barisic 

CDM – Glen Kamara 

CM – Steven Davis 

CM – Andy King

RF – Greg Stewart 

LF – Brandon Barker 

ST – Jermain Defoe

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