4-2-3-1: Predicted Rangers line-up for Scottish Premiership opener

General View of Ibrox Stadium

Rangers host Hamilton Academical at Ibrox on Saturday.

Rangers kick off their Scottish Premiership campaign with a home game against Hamilton Academical, and boss Mark Warburton has plenty of food for thought in terms of his starting eleven.

The Gers have been busy in the transfer market as they prepare for their return to the top-flight after a four-year absence, bringing in a mixture of youth and experience.

Rangers manager Mark Warburton celebrates winning the Scottish Championship with the trophy

The likes of Clint Hill, Niko Kranjcar and Joey Barton have stolen the headlines north of the border, with the latter intent on demonstrating his qualities by proclaiming himself the best player in Scotland.

Rangers have enjoyed a decent pre-season, winning each of their four League Cup matches without conceding a goal before finishing off with a 3-1 learning-curve defeat to Burnley.

Rangers' Joey Barton in action with Burnley's Dean Marney

Warburton will have been happy with how things have gone, and now the Ibrox club will be confident of kicking off their Premiership campaign with victory over an unfancied Hamilton side.

As shown by the graphic above, Rangers may opt to select the core of the side which won the Scottish Championship last term with an unchanged back five despite the new signings.

Burnley's Andre Gray in action with Rangers' Niko Kranjcar

In midfield is where the extra experience and quality will show, with Barton, Kranjcar and Rossiter tipped to make the starting eleven and help Rangers dominate possession through the middle.

Last season’s top goal scorer Martyn Waghorn should lead the line, and Warburton has options either side with the likes of Michael O’Halloran and Barrie McKay providing the pace and energy in support.

General view of Ibrox - Rangers

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