Rangers go into tonight’s Europa League fixture against Spartak Moscow in a fairly healthy position.
They are top of their group, and have come away with points from their most difficult fixture- the away trip against Villareal.
This would be the opportunity for manager Steven Gerrard to rotate his squad and rest players if possible. But then again, the club have recently put in two impressive displays in the Scottish Premiership against leaders Hearts, and Hamilton, so he may want to keep the momentum going.
Whilst there will be some changes, Rangers will still not be fielding a weakened squad, as Gerrard has rotated his squad nicely throughout the season. One man that has seen plenty of European action so far this term is Joe Worrall.
The 6ft 4 centre-back has started both of Rangers’ Europa League matches, and has seen his game time increase in the league as well. Gerrard has been very impressed with the 21-year-old so far and it is extremely likely that he will start tonight, as he didn’t start at the weekend.
The man, on loan from Championship outfit Nottingham Forest, can help the Scottish giants secure the win tonight and effectively their qualification to the next stage of the tournament. He faces tough competition for the centre-back role at the Glasgow club, but an impressive showing tonight will slowly help him become Gerrard’s first choice.
Gerrard will also have one eye of the Scottish League Cup semi final against Aberdeen on Sunday, meaning he will probably want his strongest squad fresh for that fixture. However, a dominant performance by Worrall tonight, and he could be in the heart of defence come Sunday too.