Rangers return to league action on Sunday against Motherwell, following a Thursday of European disappointment. Three times they led against Spartak Moscow but three times they were pegged back and eventually overhauled, going on to lose the fixture 4-3.
While a valuable chance has been missed to take a step towards the knockout stages of the Europa League, Steven Gerrard’s men must now turn their attentions back to the league, in which they trail leaders Hearts by five points, having played a game fewer, and Celtic by one.
Motherwell are the weekend’s visitors to Ibrox, having struggled for form this season. The Steelmen lie ninth in the table, seven points below the top six but well clear of struggling St Mirren and Dundee, who are languishing at the foot of the standings, having recorded vital victories over both.
|Game||Rangers vs Motherwell|
|Date||Sunday, November 11|
|Time||3:00pm GMT / 10:00am ET|
TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch
In the United States (US), the game can be streamed via Rangers TV.
|US TV channel||Online stream|
In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will not be broadcast on television or streamed online.
|UK TV channel||Online stream|
Squads & Team News
|Goalkeepers||McGregor, Foderingham, Alnwick|
|Defenders||Tavernier, Goldson, Hodson, Flanagan, McCrorie, Katic, Bradley, Wallace|
|Midfielders||Dorrans, Jack, Ejaria, Halliday, Coulibaly, Kent, Arfield, Kelly, Rossiter|
|Forwards||Grezda, Murphy, Sadiq, Morelos, Candeias, Rudden, Middleton, Lafferty|
Gerrard still has a long list of absentees to contend with. In the rearguard, Lee Wallace and Borna Barisic are both absent from the left-back role, while midfielders Jamie Murphy and Graham Dorrans are long-term concerns.
On-loan Liverpool winger Ryan Kent has been ruled out with a hamstring injury, while there are doubts over Kyle Lafferty, who has a quadriceps injury and missed the trip to Russia in midweek. Daniel Candeias is banned.
Lassana Coulibaly and Jon Flanagan are set for recalls to the starting XI.
Possible Rangers XI: McGregor; Tavernier, Goldson, Worrall, Flanagan; Jack, Ejaria, Coulibaly; Grezda, Morelos, Middleton.
|Goalkeepers||Carson, Gillespie, Ferguson|
|Defenders||Hartley, Aldred, Mbulu, Dunne, Taylor-Sinclair, Tait, Donnelly|
|Midfielders||Campbell, McHugh, Grimshaw, Rose, Bigirimana, Gorrin, Turnbull, Cadden, Frear|
|Forwards||Tanner, Bowman, Samman, Main, Newell, Johnson|
Aaron Taylor-Sinclair and fellow defender Liam Donnelly are missing for Well, who will also be bereft of Charles Dunne.
In the midfield, meanwhile, Craig Tanner is sidelined, while there are ongoing concerns over both Alex Rodriguez and Andy Rose.
Possible Motherwell XI: Carson; Aldred, McHugh, Hartley; Cadden, Grimshaw, Birigimana, Turnbull, Tait; Main, Bowman
Betting & Match Odds
Rangers have been priced by bet365 as strong 4/11 favourites. A draw is 4/1 and Motherwell can be backed at 13/2.
Rangers have the opportunity to put their Europa League frustrations behind them on Sunday, when they play host to Motherwell in the Scottish Premiership.
Steven Gerrard’s men impressed in an attacking sense against Spartak Moscow, registering via a Roman Eremenko own goal, Daniel Candeias and Glenn Middleton, but they conceded four, leaving them third in an incredibly competitive Group G.
“It was a really unlucky game for us and we conceded four stupid goals," Nikola Katic told Rangers TV .
“We had the chance to take three points here and make a big step to the last 32.
“But it is what it is. We need to move from here and return for the game on Sunday against Motherwell.”
The Gers have not been entirely convincing domestically either, but they have made Ibrox something of a fortress. From their five home fixtures, they have earned 13 points, scoring 15 goals and conceding only three.
With just 67 hours turnaround between the match in Russia and kick off in Glasgow, plus a long injury list to contend with, it promises to be an awkward fixture for the Light Blues.
Motherwell, meanwhile, have failed to find anything like their best level in the first third of the campaign. Indeed, it was feared Stephen Robinson’s men might be sucked into a relegation battle before successive victories over strugglers St Mirren and Dundee saw them power away from the isolated bottom pair.
They have already shown that they can trouble the Gers, having played out a thrilling 3-3 draw with the Glasgow club earlier this season.