COMMENT By Will Butcher
Pedro Caixinha is expected to completely alter the Rangers side that beat Motherwell on Sunday by naming 10 changes to face Dunfermline Athletic.
The 54-time Scottish champions take on the second-tier outfit in the Betfred Cup on Wednesday night at Ibrox, as they look to go one better than last season and reach the final.
Rangers are back in action on Saturday against Neil Lennon’s newly-promoted Hibernian at Ibrox and Caixinha will want his first-team stars fresh and ready to earn three points.
Only Wes Foderingham is likely to remain from Sunday, so out go Lee Hodson, Bruno Alves, Fabio Cardoso, Lee Wallace, Graham Dorrans, Ryan Jack, Daniel Candeias, Kenny Miller, Josh Windass and Eduardo Herrera.
In come James Tavernier, Davis Bates, Danny Wilson, Myles Beerman, Jason Holt, Jordan Rossiter, Dalcio, Niko Kranjcar, Joe Dodoo and Alfredo Morelos.
Foderingham is expected to remain between the sticks purely because back-up stopper Jak Alnwick has only featured once for the Gers.
Right-back Tavernier needs game time despite coming on a substitute against Motherwell, and he should be given a start over Hodson ahead of Saturday’s clash against Hibs.
Portuguese duo Cardoso and Alves should be rested and make way for the Scottish combination of Wilson and Bates, while Wallace is likely to sit out to give Beerman game time.
Dorrans and Jack combined superbly against Motherwell and Caixinha will be determined to do everything within his power to replicate that on Saturday.
They should be rested, allowing Holt to partner Rossiter, who last featured competitively in October 2016. But after scoring in pre-season, he should be given a chance.
The BBC claim Croatia international Kranjcar will be in the Gers squad on Wednesday evening after returning from a knock to his hip, and he is expected to start in the number 10 role.
New signing Dalcio and Dodoo should provide the width, offering Rangers plenty of pace and an eye for goal, while Morelos should build on his substitute appearance against Motherwell with a start up front in place of Herrera.