Rangers FC aim to win their fourth consecutive game to start this season when they take on Livingston.
Steven Gerrard should be a happy manager after the way Rangers FC have performed in their opening three games. With nine points in the bag, seven goals scored from four different players, and zero goals conceded, the Gers find themselves at the top of the table.
With Celtic being forced to play catch-up as a result of having to wait until August 22nd to play due to the Boli Bolingoli scandal, Rangers have a golden opportunity to widen the gap between their rivals.
The more pressure Gerrard’s men can place on Celtic early on, the better the odds of halting the “10 in a row” campaign.
Sunday’s opponents, Livingston, are currently tenth in the league table after only picking up a point from their first three games. Livingston have already conceded seven goals, and they are expected to struggle against a high-flying Rangers side that have created 58 chances in three games.
The key question ahead of this game is what lineup should be deployed to get three points? Will Gerrard play it safe and stick to his main men, or will he be more experimental? It remains to be seen, but here is my lineup prediction.
Summer signing Jon McLaughlin will get the nod once again after his impressive shifts against St. Mirren and St. Johnstone. One change should be expected on the back-line from last time out as a result of Leon Balogun’s quad injury. In his place, Filip Helander will get 90 minutes under his belt.
Assuming Gerrard sticks with the same shape he used against St. Johnstone, one change might be on the cards in midfield. Seeing that Ryan Jack has started all three games in the middle of the park, and this being Rangers’ fourth game in 10 days, Scott Arfield will break into the lineup next to Glen Kamara.
The attack-minded trio of Ianis Hagi, Joe Aribo, and Ryan Kent will continue to carry their momentum into this clash. Kent and Aribo have the hot hand at the moment with a combined running tally of three goals.
The big change fans should expect to see Sunday is Alfredo Morelos making way for Cedric Itten. Most fans will want to see Kemar Roofe get the nod, or even see both players simultaneously lead the front-line, however, Itten seems to be settling into the squad and adapting to Scottish football more quickly.
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