Predicted Rangers XI vs Sparta Prague

The Rangers hope to reach the second in their Europa League group when they host Sparta Prague at Ibrox on Thursday night.

Gersna meets the Czech outfit with only a goal difference that separates the two sides group, with a win for the hosts enough to get them into the top two and on the verge of qualifying for knockouts.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst will be in the dugout for the first time after taking over from Steven Gerrard, after watching from the stands when the club lost 3-1 to Hibernian in the League Cup on Sunday.

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How many changes will Gio make from the side he was looking at? Here is our predicted XI …

We predict that he will make five changes on his side, with Fashion Sakala, Ianis Hagi, Juninho Bacuna, Jack Simpson and Calvin Bassey coming in.

He has already confirmed that changes will be made in XI, while he has also said that they will line up in a system he wants to play. Van Bronckhorst said:

“You will definitely see some changes. You will see a team in a system I like to play and how I feel is best to play against Prague.

“We are not happy with the result or the goals conceded on Sunday. We have to be much more focused and compact on the defensive side of the game.”

The Dutchman’s favored formation is said to be one 4-2-3-1, which is why we predict Joe Aribo to move away from the wing and into the role of number 10 ahead of Bacuna and Scott Arfield. The former may come on the side of Steven Davis to add an extra sense of attack from midfield, after succeeding with a goals and assists against Ross County before the international break.

In defense, The JRC published an article explains why Jack Simpson should get a start over Leon Balogun, who could be dropped, as a center-back. Calvin Bassey can also be thrown into XI to freshen things up and we have predicted him to play before Borna Barisic, but he can be picked before Connor Goldson as midfielder with the Croatian retaining his place.

On the right wing, when Aribo leaves the position to play behind the striker, Hagi can return to XI. The Romanian international scored from the bench against Br√łndby in Rangers’ last outing in the competition and could give a goal threat from the outside edge.

Finally, Fashion Sakala should lead the line, with Alfredo Morelos dropping down to the bench after a bad showing against Hibs last weekend.

AND in other news, Gio’s first big Ibrox battle may soon be on its way, it would upset Rangers fans …

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