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Rangers v Brondby – Kamara and Barisic to miss out, Sakala starts, predicted XI

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That was more like it.

Vital Rangers wanted pace against Motherwell and that’s exactly what we got, playing Joe Aribo in the front three was also a master stroke and reminded us, once again, that the Nigerian international is so much better when he is receiving the ball in and around the opposition box, let’s hope for more of the same tonight.

Part one of the double header against Brondby showed that we have the measure of the Danes, however, they did create a couple of chances on the break and three points shouldn’t be taken for granted, if we harbour ambitions of getting out of the group.

Steven Gerrard only really faces a couple of decisions; does he still with Calvin Bassey at left-back and who, if anyone, replaces Glen Kamara in midfield if he isn’t fit enough for the starting XI?

This is who I think the gaffer will go with:

I don’t think he will change the forward line, there are plenty of options – Ianis Hagi, Kemar Roofe and the returning Ryan Kent – if things aren’t going to plan and changes need to be made plus the three that played against Motherwell have a good balance of ability and threat.

Midfield is the biggest dilemma, if Kamara isn’t fit I’d like to see John Lundstram come back in. Playing both Aribo and Arfield would be too attacking for an away game and could leave us vulnerable, it’s just a shame that Ryan Jack isn’t fit enough yet.

In defence there is no need to rush Borna Barisic back and, if anything, the rest might do him good, we’ve also seen how much Bassey has improved his end product and has started to take up some good positions when the ball is on the other side, he offers a decent physicality at the back post and we should look to find him more often.

The squad is starting to recover to near full strength so there are no excuses, get the selection right, get the tactics right, and three points should be coming home.

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