Rangers Prediction: Probable XI to face Kilmarnock in the Premiership
Rangers absolutely thrashed Hibernian 3-0 on Saturday in the Scottish Premiership to keep up the pressure on Celtic atop the domestic standings, thanks to goals from Jerman Defoe, Joe Aribo and Ryan Kent.
Steven Gerrard’s side are currently five points adrift of Celtic in the league standings with a game in hand, and they will be looking to close that gap when they play host to Kilmarnock on Boxing Day.
Rangers beat Kilmarnock 2-1 on Matchday 1 back in August and they will once again be the favourites to come away with all three points on Thursday.
Gerrard doesn’t have too many injuries to contend with heading into the Boxing Day clash against Kilmarnock. Steven Davis (calf) and Filip Helander (foot) have missed the last few games and are once again doubtful to play a part on Thursday.
Alfredo Morelos is back in contention after serving a one-game ban for the red card he picked up against Motherwell.
Rangers prediction: Probable XI
Allan McGregor (GK)
The veteran added yet another clean-sheet to his tally in the 3-0 rout of Hibernian in the last game and he is expected to retain his place between the sticks.
James Tavernier (RB)
The captain put in an impressive shift and showed his quality at both ends of the pitch against Hibernian on Saturday.
Nikola Katic (CB)
The Croatian has grabbed his opportunities with both hands in the absence of Filip Helander and he is expected to retain his place in the playing eleven on Thursday.
Connor Goldson (CB)
The former Brighton man wasn’t put under any serious pressure by Hibernian in the previous outing and he has always been one of the first names on Gerrard’s team sheet.
Borna Barisic (LB)
The Croatian has barely put a foot wrong for the Gers this season and his well-rounded qualities at both ends of the pitch have certainly enhanced the team’s overall gameplay.
Ryan Jack (CDM)
The former Aberdeen man seems to have taken his game to a new level under Gerrard this term and his consistency throughout the campaign so far has been quite remarkable.
Scott Arfield (RCM)
The Canadian has impressed in a box-to-box role in the middle of the park in the absence of Davis and he is expected to be amongst the starters once again on Thursday.
Glen Kamara (LCM)
The Finnish international continues to be the biggest bargain for Rangers and he will be looking to carry his rich vein of form into the Boxing Day clash against Kilmarnock.
Joe Aribo (RW)
The Nigerian was quite outstanding with his penetration and link-up play in the final third against Hibernian and his footwork was simply a joy to watch.
Ryan Kent (LW)
The former Liverpool man capped off an outstanding display against Hibernian with a goal and the fans will continue to expect big things from him.
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Alfredo Morelos (ST)
Jermain Defoe stepped in well to cover for the Colombian’s absence in the last game but Morelos’ return against Kilmarnock is certainly going to be a massive boost for the Gers.