Glasgow Rangers started off the Scottish Premiership 2020/21 with a solid 1-0 victory over Aberdeen. This would have been exactly the start Steven Gerrard wanted to show Old Firm rivals Celtic that it will not be easy to reclaim the title this season.
However before their next game in the Scottish division, they have a huge match in the Europa League last 16 against German side Bayer Leverkusen.
Leverkusen won the first tie 3-1 before football was postponed and what will be worrying for the Gers is the fact that this result was at the Ibrox, so not only do they have to try and reduce the deficit away from home, they also will need to score at least three without conceding as their opponents have three away goals.
Therefore the team selection is one of Gerrard’s most important since he became manager of the Scottish side as they have a chance to be in the quarter-final of a major European competition. Here is the TT predicted XI, which sees Gerrard make two changes from the victory over Aberdeen.
As the back line kept a clean sheet in their SPFL opener, there is no need for the Gers make many changes to that. However, there will be one enforced alteration as new signing Leon Balogun, who shone on his debut for the club, picking up a 7.6 rating, per SofaScore, is ineligible due to this tie being from the 19/20 campaign. George Edmundson is likely to replace him, with Nikola Katic injured, although Filip Helander has also been tipped to potentially come into the line-up.
Meanwhile, the midfield is where Gerrard will be most likely to make another change. Glen Kamara didn’t have a good game against Aberdeen as he picked up a 6.3 rating, per SofaScore.
This was the lowest out of the whole Glasgow Rangers squad who played and with the club needing everyone to put in a huge shift against Leverkusen, they might look to the more experienced Scott Arfield, who did make a substitute appearance at the weekend. In the 13 minutes the £1.80m valued midfielder was on the pitch, he managed to create one big chance and this eye for goal is exactly what the Scottish side will need if they want to win the European match.
Meanwhile, Ryan Kent scored the only goal in the game on the weekend, and completed four successful dribbles out of five and fans of the club will be hoping that he will be as dangerous in attack against Leverkusen.
Alfredo Morelos is still at the club, and with Gerrard recently explaining that a deal between the Gers and Lille for the striker is nowhere near completed, there is no way that the club can afford to leave out their best players and therefore there is little doubt that the Colombian will lead the line.
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