Rangers expected XI v Ross County: Two changes as Gers close in on manager appointment
Rangers are expected to make two changes to the side which beat Aberdeen on Sunday when they take on Ross County at Ibrox on Saturday.
However one change that everyone will no doubt be looking out for is in the dugout with the Light Blues gearing up their pursuit of Derek McInnes this week.
The Glasgow giants had an approach for the Aberdeen boss rejected on Tuesday night, as confirmed in a statement released on the Dons’ website, but after waiting six weeks before making their first move it’s unlikely to be the end of the matter.
With a number of key players missing through injury or suspension, McInnes’ choices would be seriously limited if he takes charge of the Ibrox side for the first time on Saturday with Danny Wilson, Bruno Alves, Lee Wallace, Graham Dorrans and Jordan Rossiter all missing through injury and Ryan Jack looking at a three-match ban following his red card at Pittodrie.
Fabio Cardoso and Alfredo Morelos are expected yo come into the starting XI with Wilson and Jack dropping out as the Gers continue with the 4-1-2-1-2 which worked so well in back-to-back wins over Aberdeen.
Wes Foderingham is almost certain to keep his place in goal with James Tavernier, Cardoso, David Bates and Declan John starting in the Gers’ defence.
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If Cardoso starts alongside Bates, it will be the Portuguese defender’s first since having his nose broken during the Scottish League Cup semi-final defeat to Motherwell.
Wilson and Alves are both likely – at the time of writing – to miss Saturday’s clash with Ross County but could still prove their fitness ahead of the clash with Owen Coyle’s side.
Ross McCrorie’s form means he could be a sure-fire pick at the base of Rangers’ midfield diamond with Jason Holt and either Josh Windass or Kenny Miller beside him.
The two attacking players have been used – rightly or wrongly in central midfield – and there’s a good chance that a lack of alternative’s could see one or the other fill the role.
There’s also a real possibility that given both players’ habit of drifting out of games that they may both be utilised in beside Jason Holt.
Jack could still be available for selection with his appeal against his red card against Aberdeen due to be heard later in the week by the Scottish FA.
Carlos Pena is expected to continue in the Gers’ number 10 role with Alfredo Morelos and either Miller or Windass beside him.
The return of the Colombian to the starting XI will be a big boost to the Gers
In other Rangers news, Celtic have suddenly become a key part in the Gers’ bid to appoint McInnes.