Predicted Rangers XI to face Hearts: Who starts for the Gers?
Rangers stand a great chance to go to the top of the Scottish Premiership table when they face off against Heart of Midlothian FC at the Tynecastle Stadium on Sunday.
The Gers currently sit second in the table, just two points off of leaders Celtic. And with the Hoops not in action in the Premiership this weekend, owing to their involvement in the Scottish League Cup final, Steven Gerrard’s side can go to the summit of the standings with a win against Craig Levein’s team.
Last time out in the league, the Light Blues had beaten Livingston FC 3-0, following which they played out a goalless draw against Spanish outfit Villarreal in the UEFA Europa League on Thursday night. In their last three games, Rangers have scored ten times and conceded just once, and they must look to continue in the same vein of form on Sunday.
Gerrard has been boosted by the return of summer signing Borna Barisic, who was sidelined with a calf injury, while Jordan Rossiter is also fit and available for selection. Ryan Kent remains sidelined, however, along with Graham Dorrans and Jamie Murphy.
Here’s how the Gers might take the field against Hearts on Sunday;
Manager: Steven Gerrard
Allan McGregor (GK)
The veteran Scottish keeper kept his 11th clean sheet of the season in the midweek game and should be retained between the sticks on Sunday.
James Tavernier (RB)
An ever-present in the lineup when fit and available, club captain James Tavernier is a guaranteed starter at right-back for the visitors.
Connor Goldson (CB)
The former Brighton & Hove Albion has become an integral part of the Gers’ side since moving to the club in the summer. Should start at the heart of the defence.
Gareth McAuley (CB)
The 38-year-old centre-half has given a good account of himself in the handful of games he has featured in this term. Should start alongside Goldson, ahead of Nikola Katic and Joe Worrall.
Borna Barisic (LB)
Having been sidelined for over a month, the 26-year-old Croatian is back to full fitness and should walk into the team at left-back, in place of Jon Flanagan.
Scott Arfield (CM)
The former Burnley man has been a key source of goals and creativity from the middle of the park for the Light Blues. Should be retained in the starting line-up for the trip to Edinburgh.
Ryan Jack (CM)
The Scotland international is a constant fixture in the lineup for Gerrard’s fit when available. That is unlikely to change for Sunday’s game against the third-placed Hearts.
Ovie Ejaria (CM)
The on-loan Liverpool midfielder did not start in the midweek game against Villarreal but should come back into to line-up, with fellow loanee Lassana Coulibaly set to make way.
Eros Grezda (RW)
The 23-year-old scored a brace the last time he started in the 7-1 win over Motherwell. Hasn’t been involved in the last two games, but should be given a run out in place of Daniel Candeias, who got himself sent off in the important game against Villarreal during the week.
Alfredo Morelos (ST)
The Colombian striker scored a double in the win over Livingston in the last league game to take his tally for the season to 16 goals. Should lead the line ahead of Kyle Lafferty.
Glenn Middleton (LW)
The 18-year-old has been a revelation in his debut campaign for Rangers. Was an impressive outlet against Villarreal and should continue on the left side on Sunday.
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Rangers vs Kilmarnock Predictions: Rangers Line-up
Rangers travel to Kilmarnock on Sunday hoping to finish the 2018/19 season on a high.
The Gers defeated Celtic 2-0 in the Old Firm Derby last weekend which would have mightily pleased the fans and the manager, Steven Gerrard. A victory on the final day will be Gerrard’s aim, as Celtic have already wrapped up the Scottish Premiership title.
Kilmarnock, on the other hand, will look to beat Rangers at home and cling onto the third spot on the table.
Kyle Lafferty, Lee Wallace and Eros Grezda will miss the last game of the season due to injury, while Alan McGregor will remain suspended for his red card against Hibernian two weeks ago.
Probable Rangers XI
Manager: Steven Gerrard
Wes Foderingham (GK)
Foderingham kept a clean sheet in the victory over Celtic and will be confident to register another at the weekend.
James Tavernier (RB)
Tavernier has enjoyed another productive season for the Gers. The skipper will look to end the season on a positive note.
Connor Goldson (CB)
Goldson has been a consistent presence in the Gers’ backline throughout the season. He is likely to start against Kilmarnock.
Nikola Katic (CB)
Katic had a solid game alongside Goldson against Celtic and the Croat will keep his place in the starting XI.
Jon Flanagan (LB)
Flanagan has found most of the opportunities under Gerrard at left-back. He should continue there on Sunday.
Ryan Jack (CDM)
One of Rangers’ best players this season, Jack’s presence in the midfield allows the creative players to express themselves freely.
Steven Davis (LCM)
Davis had a good game against Celtic last weekend and is expected to keep his place in the team.
Glenn Kamara (RCM)
Kamara has been an impactful signing for Gerrard’s side and since his arrival in January, he has added a lot of energy and steel to the midfield.
Scott Arfield (RW)
Arfield has made a huge difference to this Rangers side, adding creativity and a touch of flair to the attack. The Canadian could start at right wing on Sunday.
Ryan Kent (LW)
With six goals and four assists, Kent has enjoyed a strong season at the Ibrox. The Liverpool loanee will look to finish the season on a high.
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Alfredo Morelos (ST)
Morelos has really kicked on under Gerrard after a promising first season at Ibrox, and he’s now one of the biggest names in Scottish football. The Colombian could be given the nod ahead of Defoe to lead the attack against Kilmarnock.
Oliver Burke to lead the line ahead of Edouard? – Predicted 4-2-3-1 Celtic XI to face Heart of Midlothian
Celtic FC vs Heart of Midlothian Predictions: Celtic FC Line-up
Scottish champions Celtic will take on Heart of Midlothian at Celtic Park in their final Scottish Premiership game of the season on Sunday afternoon.
The Hoops have already won the Scottish Premiership title and the Scottish League Cup this season, and have reached the final of the Scottish Cup, where they’ll face Hearts next weekend.
A win for Hearts at Celtic Park will give them a much-needed confidence boost ahead of the Scottish Cup final.
Odsonne Edouard, Jonny Hayes and Mikael Lustig are likely to miss the game against Hearts on Sunday. Dedryck Boyata and Ryan Christie are already sidelined with injury.
Probable Celtic XI
Manager: Neil Lennon
Scott Bain (GK)
Bain has been Celtic’s no.1 since the turn of the year and that won’t change on Sunday.
Anthony Ralston (RB)
With Lustig out injured, Ralston could be handed a rare start at right-back.
Jozo Simunovic (CB)
Simunovic has done very well in the last few games and is set to keep his place in Celtic’s defence.
Kristoffer Ajer (CB)
Ajer has been a regular at the back for the Hoops in the last couple of months. He is a certain starter against Hearts.
Jeremy Toljan (LB)
Toljan has disappointed since joining on loan from Dortmund in January. However, he is expected to start at left-back.
Olivier Ntcham (CM)
Lennon could hand Ntcham a start ahead of Brown in the middle of the park at the weekend. If that happens, the Frenchman should look to repay the manager’s faith.
Callum McGregor (CM)
Celtic’s best player of the season, McGregor is an undoubted starter in the final league game of the season.
James Forrest (RW)
With his pace and dribbling skills, Forrest could give the Hearts defenders a tough time at Celtic Park.
Tom Rogic (CAM)
Rogic has endured an injury-hit campaign which has affected his productivity for the Hoops. Now fully fit, though, he will start in his preferred no.10 role against Hearts.
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Scott Sinclair (LW)
Sinclair has blown hot and cold throughout the season for Celtic. However, he’ll look to finish the campaign on a high.
Oliver Burke (ST)
With Edouard out injured, Burke will be his natural replacement for the no.9 role.
“All the spies are fading away”, “Let the emotions out”: Some Derby County fans react to epic 4-2 win vs Leeds + Match Report
EFL Playoff Match Report: Leeds United 2-4 Derby County (3-4 aggregate)
Derby County sparked a remarkable comeback in the second leg of the EFL Championship Playoff semi-final at Elland Road, as the Rams beat Leeds United 4-2 on the night and 4-3 on aggregate to set up a showdown with Aston Villa in the finals at Wembley on the 27th of May.
It was advantage Leeds in the first leg at Pride Park last week, with Kemar Roofe putting the Whites 1-0 ahead on aggregate. Derby were completely outplayed in the first leg and they came into the game knowing that they had a huge task on their hands away from home against Marcelo Bielsa’s men.
Derby started off as the brighter of the two teams and the Rams probably did a lot more in the first ten minutes than they had done in the entire ninety minutes at Pride Park last week. The visitors piled on the pressure in the opening stages of the game and threatened to make inroads into the Leeds backline, although neither team created any clear cut chances in the first twenty minutes or so.
The tension between the two teams in such a high-octane clash was bound to rise and the triple yellow card incident involving Pablo Hernandez, Tom Lawrence and Scott Malone was the beginning of an eventful ninety minutes at Elland Park, which finally went Derby’s way.
It was Leeds, however, who had the first breakthrough. Kalvin Phillips’ perfectly flighted free-kick bounced inside the box, eluded all the men and came back off the post before Stuart Dallas turned in the rebound from five yards out to put Leeds 1-0 up on the night and 2-0 on aggregate.
Mateusz Klich and Mason Bennett hit the woodwork over the next 20 minutes or so before Derby finally got themselves back in the tie, thanks to an error of communication between Kiko Casilla and Liam Cooper. Both the went for the ball but neither managed to get it cleared and substitute Jack Marriott made it 1-1 on aggregate.
That goal before halftime was a massive boost to Derby County, with the Rams carrying the momentum into the interval. And Lampard’s men finally managed to get the lead in the tie inside the first minute of the second half when Richard Keogh’s surge forward and Harry Wilson’s slick pass set it up for Mason Mount, who found the net despite stumbling and going to ground.
With the travelling Derby fans at Elland Road making all the noise, the Rams were clearly on the front foot and joy turned to ecstasy when referee Anthony Taylor pointed to the spot for Liam Cooper’s foul on Mason Bennett. Harry Wilson sent Casilla the wrong way and made it 3-1 in favour of the Rams.
Leeds carried a 1-goal advantage coming into the game and the Whites knew that they just needed one goal to get back into the tie. And it was Stuart Dallas who cut inside from the right to slot it past Kelle Roos after Mateusz Klich had played him behind with a fine touch.
With the tie locked 3-3 on aggregate, both the teams went hammer and tongs at each other, but a red card incident involving Gaetano Berardi turned the tie in Derby’s favour. Berardi was sent off for a second bookable offence,as the defender lunged wildly into Bradley Johnson in an attempt to retrieve the ball.
There was more drama to unfold though, with Derby on the front foot and Leeds down to ten men. Harry Wilson hit the post from inside the box but it was a slick passing move that sealed the tie for the Rams and booked their berth in the finals.
Richard Keogh surged forward with pace and picked out Mason Mount, who charged at the Leeds backline and popped it back to the Irishman. Keogh showed good awareness to pick out the run of Jack Marriott, who sparked off wild celebrations amongst the Derby fans with a lovely dinked finish over Casilla to make it 4-3 on aggregate with just 5 minutes to go.
Scott Malone saw a red card in injury time and Izzy Brown blazed high and wide from the resultant free-kick but the Rams, and Frank Lampard, in particular, have every reason to be overjoyed with his wonderful comeback.
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While Derby are just one game away from making a return to the Premier League for the first time since 2007-08, it will be difficult for Leeds to put this massive disappointment behind them, as the wait for promotion at Elland Road continues for yet another year.
Here’s how some of the joyous Derby fans reacted to this incredible victory
Incredible scenes! 😲🐏
Congrats to Frank Lampard and our partner club @dcfcofficial. You’re off to Wembley!! 💪👏
Thanks for all your support this season and good luck in the final 🙌#LEEDER #Derby #Rams #playoffs pic.twitter.com/FMZEzZcwMw
— Prostate Cancer UK (@ProstateUK) May 15, 2019
Wow, now that was AMAZING I was there, the day we lost at Leeds away (2-0) and they sang “you’ll f*ck it up” well Leeds who’s f*cking it up now? GET IN DERBY!!!! #rams #LEEDER #LUFCvDCFC #bhafc pic.twitter.com/QXIEJeXfsX
— Nathan Berry (@njcb03) May 15, 2019
Brilliantly refereed by Anthony Taylor. Never stopped moving to get himself great views. Made big calls unhesitatingly and unerringly. Quality under unimaginable pressure. #LEEDER
— Mick Dennis (@MickDennisReal) May 15, 2019
Now all of the spies, are fading away,
Try not to worry, you’ll go up some day.
You cheated at home,
You cheated away.
You were top of the league and you threw it away.
Stop spying Bielsa. Stop spying Bielsa.#LEEDER
— Macca 🌚 (@Macca_ISZ) May 15, 2019
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