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Sport Rangers squad revealed as Calvin Bassey and Nathan Patterson primed for defensive shake up

14:30  25 november  2021
14:30  25 november  2021 Source:   dailyrecord.co.uk

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Giovanni van Bronckhorst promised the Rangers fans they will see change.

And it's hardly surprising given what they - and he witnessed - at Hampden on Sunday.

That 3-1 defeat to Hibs in the Premier Sports Cup semi-final was a real eye opener for the Dutchman as he watched from the stand.

But just how many changes will he make? That's the question ahead of a huge Europa League encounter with Sparta Prague at Ibrox.

The winners of the match are almost certain to be in the knockout stage of UEFA's second tier competition.

So Van Bronckhorst won't want to complete rip up the side that Steven Gerrard often stuck with before his move to Aston Villa.

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It's about getting the balance between freshening things up but making sure the best starting XI takes to the field.

There is no disguising the fact that defence is the area that needs to improve most of all and Van Bronckhorst said that himself.

Some fans are desperate to see Nathan Patterson replace skipper James Tavernier at right back while Connor Goldson did little favours with his Hampden showing - or THAT post match interview.

But central defensive options are limited with Filip Helander injured. Calvin Bassey could move into the heart of defence but has struggled there at times and might instead get the nod at his natural left back position in place of Borna Barisic who has dipped.

Alfredo Morelos is another who needs to rediscover his best form but at his best is the star man so it's a question of sticking or twisting and going for Fashion Sakala with Kemar Roofe an option but also an injury doubt.

All will be soon be revealed.

Predicted Rangers XI

Provisional Rangers squad

Allan McGregor

Jon McLaughlin

James Tavernier

Calvin Bassey

Nathan Patterson

Connor Goldson

Leon Balogun

Glen Kamara

Borna Barisic

Juninho Bacuna

John Lundstram

Steven Davis

Joe Aribo

Ryan Kent

Scott Wright

Ianis Hagi

Kemar Roofe

Alfredo Morelos

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The new Ibrox boss watched on from the Hampden main stand as his team were blown away by Hibs on Sunday. The new Rangers manager officially starts work on Monday morning and his immediate priority will be to lift a hurting squad after a bruising Premier Sports Cup semi-final defeat to Hibs.

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