Graeme Murty must name both of Rangers’ January signings in the starting XI if he wants to field his strongest XI when the Gers take on Atletico Mineiro in the Florida Cup in the early hours of Friday morning.
Murty has a number of regular stars out injured – including Graham Dorrans, Ryan Jack, Bruno Alves and Ross McCrorie – but should still be able to field a pretty familiar side against the Brazilians with three changes from the Gers’ last outing against Celtic in late December.
Alves, Niko Kranjcar and McCrorie must come out of the starting XI – McCrorie and Alves are both injured – with Fabio Cardoso and the duo of recent signings Sean Goss and Jamie Murphy coming into the side.
Wes Foderingham must start between the sticks behind a back four of James Tavernier, Danny Wilson, Cardoso and Declan John.
Aidan Wilson and David Bates also travelled with the squad to Florida but Danny Wilson and Cardoso are the better pairing in central defence – even if just to put the Portuguese defender in the shop window.
Jason Holt must be partnered with new signing Goss in the centre of midfield to try and dictate the tempo of the game and create openings for the Gers’ more attack-minded stars.
The signing of Murphy should see Josh Windass moved into a more central position once more with Murphy and Candeias taking up roles on either flank and Windass operating as a number 10.
Prolific Colombian Alfredo Morelos is almost certain to lead the line against the Brazilians as he looks to continue his goalscoring form into the second-half of the Scottish Premiership season.
In other Rangers transfer news, the club are working on beating Celtic to the signing of a 22-year-old goal machine ripping up the league.