Roofe starts, 24 y/o ace axed in 3 changes by Gerrard: Predicted Rangers XI vs Antwerp – opinion

Glasgow Rangers will look to build on their impressive Europa League start after they beat Kilmarnock 1-0 at Ibrox last weekend.

Rangers travel to Belgium to face Royal Antwerp in the first leg of the Europa League last-32 on Thursday night.

Steven Gerrard’s side topped their group ahead of the likes of Benfica, Lech Poznan and Standard Liege and will know that getting a result tonight will stand them in good stead for the return fixture at Ibrox next week.

So, who will Gerrard pick to face-off against Antwerp? soccer FanCast has predicted the line-up he could name later today.


Gerrard is expected to name a largely-unchanged Rangers line-up when they take on the Belgian outfit at the Bosuilstadion tonight.

Allan McGregor, Rangers’ very own Mr Reliable, will be back between the sticks, having started most Europa League games this season thus far.

The back four of Borna Barisic, Leon Balogun, Connor Goldson and James Tavernier should be retained, with the veteran goalkeeper guarding the goal.

In midfield, it’s also expected to remain the same, with Steven Davis anchored at the base of the midfield, with Joe Aribo the ardent playmaker and Glen Kamara forming the final component of the engine room.

Rangers’ No.1 left winger Ryan Kent had a nightmare against Kilmarnock, missing a couple of clear-cut chances to score for the first time since the 5-0 win over Ross County and lost possession 16 times. But there’s almost no chance of the 24-year-old being dropped against Antwerp despite his errors, and his energy up and down the left-hand side of the attack could prove useful on the night.

Another one who endured an afternoon against Killie was 24-year-old striker Cedric Itten, who came in and led the line with Ianis Hagi on the right but looked almost completely out-of-sorts as the Swiss international couldn’t make his presence known and struggled at times.

This means that Gerrard will likely turn to Alfredo Morelos to lead the line, with Kemar Roofe also an option on the right flank as the aforementioned duo return to the fold.

Morelos will most likely line-up through the middle and will look to get their attack ticking as they have surprisingly struggled in front of goal in recent weeks.

AND in other Rangers news, Rangers receive James Tavernier injury boost before Antwerp Europa League clash…