Alan Hutton believes Filip Helander will replace Leon Balogun in the starting lineup for Rangers Europa League last 16 clash with Bayer Leverkusen on Thursday.
The former Rangers defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, insisted that both the Swede, 27, and George Edmundson will have been “disappointed” not to start during Rangers’ opening day win at Aberdeen.
Balogun is ineligible for the tie meaning one of the pair is likely to take his place and Hutton suggested that places in the side “are still up for grabs.”
“I’ve got a feeling Helander will play, just with his European experience,” Hutton told Football Insider.
“It’s a difficult choice but one I feel he’ll have to make.
“I think Edumundson has done really well since he come in and he’s probably disappointed that he didn’t start against Aberdeen but this is a chance for whoever to got out and prove they are ready and step into a massive tie, a massive game.
“They’ll really want to prove themselves because they’ll be disappointed they didn’t start the first game of the season.
“Every footballer is the same, you go and have a good pre-season and the first game is the one where the manager picks his strongest side so they’ll have been disappointed not to start and will be looking to put in a strong performance.
“Places are still up for grabs and it’s up to one of them to make it their own.”
It’s been five months since Leverkusen opened up a commanding 3-1 lead at Ibrox on 12 March.
Gerrard’s men, therefore, need to score three goals on Thursday to stand any chance of overturning the tie, with a 3-1 victory forcing extra time. George Edmundson’s goal means a 3-0 win for the Glasgow giants would send them through to the last eight.
In other Rangers news, it can be revealed that the Gers have agreed a transfer deal totalling £10million.