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Predicting the Rangers XI to Start Against NK Osijek Tonight

Predicting the Rangers XI to Start Against NK Osijek Tonight

Rangers continue their Europa League qualifying campaign against NK Osijek in Croatia tonight.

Steven Gerrard’s men made it to the second round of qualifying thanks to a 2-0 aggregate victory over Macedonian minnows FC Shkupi in the previous round.

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They weren’t convincing in either game, but the new Gers manager won’t care as long as they continue their bid for Europa League group stage football this season.

Going away from home in the first leg is tough, but Rangers will be confident they can get a positive result to take back to Ibrox next week.

And with plenty of options in his squad, Gerrard has some tough decisions to make when it comes to his XI tonight.

We’re going to predict this starting team though:

Why no Middleton?

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The Rangers team pretty much picks itself with striker Umar Sadiq back in Glasgow and winger Ryan Kent having only signed for the club days ago. Based on pre-season games and qualifiers so far, only Glenn Middleton could really feel disappointed not to be in tonight’s starting XI, but we think Gerrard will go with experience to get him through this tough first leg. Expect Middleton to get some time off the bench again though.

Why Jack?

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Ovie Ejaria may have his sights set on playing regularly in midfield for Rangers, but right now those positions belong to Ross McCrorie and Ryan Jack. The latter could have been worried about his future after Gerrard’s summer arrival and the signing of midfield competition, but he’s now in possession of a midfield shirt and you can bet Jack won’t lose that easily. His presence at the pre-match press conference yesterday indicates he could have a leading role under Gerrard.

Rangers fans – would you be happy with that XI?

Let us know in the comments below..

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