Filip Helander and Joe Aribo could be axed from the Rangers starting XI against Slavia Prague, according to Alan Hutton.
The former Gers star, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested Steven Gerrard may want “more legs” in midfield and “more pace” in defence.
Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Gerrard confirmed Ryan Jack would be missing despite hope he would be back from his calf injury.
🎙️ SG: I've spoken to Steve Clarke on Ryan Jack and a number of players but that will remain private. Ryan (Jack) won't be involved tomorrow.
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) March 17, 2021
In his absence, Gerrard started with a midfield of Aribo, Steven Davis and Glen Kamara for the 1-1 draw in the first-leg.
Filip Helander scored the Gers’ goal after being selected to start ahead of Leon Balogun.
However, Hutton believes Gerrard may want more mobility across the midfield and defence to counter the threat of Slavia.
As such, he suggested Aribo, Helander and Ianis Hagi were under threat from the likes of Balogun and Scott Arfield.
“He’s got a few things he could change and make,” Hutton told Football Insider’s Russell Edge.
“Arfield is obviously ready to go. I think the wee conundrum he’s got is Aribo, Hagi or Arfield. I think that’s one area he might feel he needs a little bit more legs in midfield.
“Aribo is technically gifted and he works really hard but would it be better to have an Arfield? Someone who’s going to get about the pitch, make tackles and stop the Slavia players?
“I was thinking the likes of Helander, I thought he was good in the second half. Obviously he got the goal but does he want a bit more pace with Balogun coming back into the fold?
“He’s got a few options there so we’ll have to wait and see what he does.”