Bears have responded on social media after the Rangers starting XI for this evening’s Europa League clash against Lyon was confirmed.

The Gers have already been confirmed as runners-up to the French giants in Group A but there are still things to play for at the Groupama Stadium.

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The pressure is off for Rangers and Gio van Bronckhorst in Lyon. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Both sides will be eyeing bonus UEFA prize money, while GvB will want to maintain his 100% record as manager and Lyon will be keen to make it a perfect six wins out of six in the group.

The Gers boss confirmed during Wednesday’s press conference that he would be giving chances to fringe players in France and in the end, he’s made six changes to the side that defeated Dundee 3-0 on Saturday.


Jon McLaughlin comes in for Allan McGregor between the sticks and there’s also a change at right-back with Nathan Patterson replacing James Tavernier.

That means Connor Goldson takes the armband, with Calvin Bassey continuing alongside him at centre-back and Borna Barisic keeping his spot at left-back.

In midfield, John Lundstram comes in for Scott Arfield, while Glen Kamara continues.

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John Lundstram has made the Rangers starting XI vs Lyon. (Photo by Steve Welsh/Getty Images,)

There are three further changes in the top half of the pitch, with only Ianis Hagi keeping his place from the weekend.

Ryan Kent, Scott Wright and Kemar Roofe come in for Fashion Sakala, Joe Aribo and Alfredo Morelos.

Will this side be strong enough to secure all three points on French soil?

The omission of Ryan Jack from the squad is a concern but plenty of fans are delighted to see Patterson receive his first start under Gio.

Here’s a selection of reactions from Twitter:

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