Hutton predicts Rangers XI v Antwerp: Aribo axed as Kamara starts
Alan Hutton has tipped Steven Gerrard to axe Joe Aribo and start Glen Kamara in the Rangers midfield against Royal Antwerp.
The former Gers defender and lifelong fan at Ibrox, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested Steven Gerrard would want to remain defensively solid in the first leg of their Europa League tie, with Ryan Jack and Steven Davis nailed on to start.
Aribo, 24, has started Rangers’ last three league games in the centre of midfield, having also been utilised in more attacking roles this season.
Meanwhile Kamara, 25, dropped to the bench for the win over Kilmarnock on Saturday, where he was joined by injury-returnee Scott Arfield.
While Hutton has tipped the Canada international to remain as a substitute in Belgium, the former Rangers ace believes Gerrard could start his Finnish counterpart in place of Aribo.
Hutton told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “I think Jack plays, I think Davis plays, I think it’s one other.
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“It really depends how he sees it in terms of does he want that little bit of flair with Aribo or does he go with Kamara who can do both, he’s a number eight who can go up and down?
“I personally think he will go with Kamara because they’re playing away from home, they want to be solid, which we know they can be defensively, but he can also give you something going forward.
“It’s a tough decision to make when you think of how well all these players are playing and then you throw Arfield into the mix. He’s just back so can you see him playing 90 minutes? Not really, he’s one that may come off the bench if needed.
“They’re going from strength to strength in the middle of the pitch, Jack and Davis are certainties to play and then it just depends how he wants to play in terms of formation and does he want to be a little bit more defensive or is he quite happy to try to open up and get that goal?”