Rangers boss Michael Beale is expecting a tough test when his side face Livingston in the Scottish Premiership and he’ll have to do so without several first-team stars.
The Ibrox manager revealed before the game that there are four fresh injury doubts as his Rangers side prepare the trip down the M8 to face Davie Martindale’s high-flying Lions.
The Tony Macaroni manager continues to punch well above his weight in the Scottish Premiership and with Livingston up to 4th in the table they have their sights set on European football next season.
That notorious plastic pitch is also a major bug-bear for visiting sides and Rangers know that they will find themselves in a match come the trip to the stadium formerly known as Almondvale.
We expect Allan McGregor to continue between the sticks, the goalkeeping debate continuing to rage in the background at Rangers.
James Tavernier, Connor Goldson, Ben Davies and Borna Barisic represent a very senior and professional back four, all of whom have been there and done it when it comes to Livingston.
In midfield, with Ryan Jack, Nicolas Raskin and John Lundstram all doubts, we suspect it’ll be Glen Kamara and Scott Arfield who start for Rangers in this part of the pitch.
In front of them we expect to see Todd Cantwell, with a dynamic front three of Ryan Kent, Malik Tillman and Alfredo Morelos completing the Rangers XI.
The Ibrox side will be hoping to keep up their strong form under Michael Beale and will have one eye on the game between Celtic and Aberdeen.
Whilst the Dons aren’t exactly likely to do us a favour in the Scottish Premiership, this is the final match both teams will play before next week’s League Cup Final at Hampden.
Rangers predicted XI v Livingston – 4-3-2-1
GK – Allan McGregor
DR – James Tavernier
DC – Connor Goldson
DC – Ben Davies
DL – Borna Barisic
CM – Glen Kamara
CM – Scott Arfield
CAM – Todd Cantwell
LF – Ryan Kent
RF – Malik Tillman
ST – Alfredo Morelos