Sport The 3 potential Rangers changes as Steven Gerrard hints at Motherwell rotation
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"People who were on the outside today and people who were around the squad need to be ready.
"We’ll have a game plan for Motherwell and it’ll be another tough test."
That was the final line ofpost match interview following the 4-0 win over Willem II on Thursday night and many fans think it hints at a change or two for Sunday's game against Motherwell.
The Ibrox boss isn't one for making too many changes but he might have something up his sleeve for the trip to Fir Park. Injury problems means he can't really do much in midfield until Ryan Jack and Joe Aribo return - unless there's a new signing.
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Given how important players such asand Ryan Kent are, it's unlikely they'll be left out but here's three changes that could happen.
Jordan Jones for Ianis Hagi
Perhaps the most obvious one after the Willem II game would be Jordan Jones into the starting lineup and Ianis Hagi dropping to the bench. Steven Gerrard singled the Northern Irish winger out for praise for his 18 minute cameo as a sub in the Netherlands and perhaps he could be handed a second chance to prove himself on the domestic front.
grabbed an assist against Hibs last week but there's a feeling that he's not quite hit the heights expected of him and is yet to really set the place alight. The Romanian never hides and that could accentuate the problem when he's not playing well, and up against a more physical side in Motherwell a place on the bench might be more suited for him.
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Jones, on the other hand, provides natural width for Gerrard's side and he could either earn himself a Rangers reprieve or put himself in the shop window. He could also take out Arfield and move Hagi central, but this seems more likely.
Leon Balogun for Filip Helander
Another fairly natural choice is bringing Leon Balogun back in at centre back and dropping Filip Helander to the bench for a rest. That was supposed to happen for Rangers in the 4-0 win over Dundee United two weeks ago before the Nigerian international picked up a knock. Helander himself is just back from a lengthy absence and Gerrard won't want to push the Swedish defender too far.
Balogun - if fit - has already proven himself to be a capable defender and his added pace would allow Rangers a bit more support when they push up with a high line and is good at bringing the ball out and bypassing the middle.
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Helander wouldn't be dropped, as such, but playing three big games away from home in a week might be a bit much at this stage for him.
Calvin Bassey for Borna Barisic
This would arguably be the most surprising change if it happened but it is one that easily could - and potentially should. Borna Barisic has been excellent for Rangers this season but the last couple of games have seen him stutter.
Martin Boyle caused him problems on Sunday for Hibs and he struggled up against former Ajax youngster Che Nunnely on Thursday night.
He was booked early on after being turned inside-out by Nunnely and wasn't his usual attacking self for the second game in a row. Calvin Bassey hasn't had much of an opportunity so far but looks powerful going forward and has a trick or two up his sleeve as well.
He's came close to scoring on a couple of occasions and Motherwell might be the perfect opportunity to see what he can do.
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