Predicted Rangers side to face Dundee: Five changes after Wednesday defeat

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard looks on during the Scottish Ladbrokes Premiership match between Rangers and Aberdeen at Ibrox Stadium on December 5, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Rangers travel to Dens Park to take on Jim McIntyre's Dundee.

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard looks on during the Scottish Ladbrokes Premiership match between Rangers and Aberdeen at Ibrox Stadium on December 5, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Steven Gerrard is likely to ring the changes ahead of Sunday's Scottish Premiership clash against Dundee at Dens Park, following Wednesday's 1-0 loss to Aberdeen at Ibrox.

Gerrard also has to take into consideration that the Gers travel to Austria to face Rapid Vienna next Thursday in a crucial Europa League tie, where they need a win to qualify for the knockout stages.

Rangers will be missing both Scott Arfield and Alfredo Morelos as the duo have recently picked up red cards, the latter seeing red for two yellow cards that he has since been criticised for by pundits and fans alike.

 

Gerrard's assistant Gary McAllister told media in Friday's press conference that both Ryan Kent and Borna Barisic are available for selection on Sunday, after the duo overcame injuries.

Lassana Coulibaly struggled on Wednesday night and looks a shadow of the midfielder that starred during the early stages of the season. With Arfield suspended, Jordan Rossiter could get a rare chance in midfield - having only played 119 minutes this season.

Kyle Lafferty is expected to replace Morelos up front, while Eros Grezda and Glenn Middleton could start on the wings. It is likely that Kent will only be on the bench, as he puts the finishing touches to his recovery from a hamstring injury.

Jordan Rossiter of Rangers takes a look around the pitch prior to the Betfred Scottish League Cup Semi Final between Aberdeen and Rangers at Hampden Park on October 28, 2018 in Glasgow,...

Jon Flanagan was particularly poor on Wednesday, but Barisic will be in a similar boat to Kent. Andy Halliday could return to the starting line-up then, while Joe Worrall could give veteran Gareth McAuley a rest.

Gerrard could potentially make five changes to face Dundee, then. In come Rossiter, Halliday, Worrall, Lafferty and Grezda, with Coulibaly, McAuley, Flanagan, Morelos and Daniel Candeias dropping out - Kent and Barisic on the bench.

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