GIOVANNI van Bronckhorst is gearing up for his first match as Rangers manager and they don’t come any tougher than Thursday’s Europa League test with Sparta Prague.

The Light Blues need to take all three points to stand any chance of progressing to the knockout phase.

The Dutchman has said changes will be made to the team, our writers select who would be in their starting XIs for the Ibrox showdown.

Derek Clark

With Giovanni van Bronckhorst promising changes against Sparta Prague, it will be intriguing to find out just what that entails.

It’s likely to mean a change in personnel but could also include the team’s shape and approach to the match.

In goal, as much as there is a clamour for Jon McLaughlin to replace Allan McGregor, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the 39-year-old between the sticks.

The defence is an interesting area. Despite his comments on Sunday, Connor Goldson is likely to retain his place given the lack of options. Leon Balogun should partner him, if fit, but don’t be surprised to see Nathan Patterson and Calvin Bassey on either flank.

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There may be a possibility van Bronckhorst will adopt a 4-2-3-1 formation, therefore, the two holding midfielders are likely to comprise of Glen Kamara and Steven Davis. The trio ahead of them are difficult to predict although Joe Aribo should take one of the spots with Ryan Kent and Ianis Hagi the others although there may be an opportunity for Juninho Bacuna to return to the starting XI.

Up top, Alfredo Morelos’ display on Sunday was deplorable. With a hungry Fashion Sakala itching for game time, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Zambian lead the line.

Predicted line up: McGregor, Patterson, Bassey, Balogun, Goldson, Davis, Kamara, Aribo, Hagi, Kent, Sakala.

Joshua Barrie

After telling the press that there will be changes in the team that takes to the field tomorrow, it’s naturally hard to envision what system and personnel new manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst opts for tomorrow.

Presumably, this is a clean state, with no favourites or loyalties to individuals.

With that being said, still expect to see Allan McGregor start behind a recognisable defence. It’s hard to envision James Tavernier being dropped in the first game of this new era and options at centre-back are limited.

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It’s the shape of the midfield that provokes this writer's particular interest. In the away tie, Steven Davis was exposed in transition as the single pivot. Expect two midfielders to play closer together and inside forward to move wider as the general shape of the team adapts.

John Lundstram and Glen Kamara could form that double pivot, with Juninho Bacuna just in front of them. Fashion Sakala caused some problems centrally in the reverse tie and may fulfil that role again, with Joe Aribo and Ryan Kent playing either side of the Zambian – but in much wider starting berths.

Predicted line up: McGregor, Tavernier, Goldson, Bassey, Barisic, Lundstram, Kamara, Bacuna, Kent, Sakala, Aribo