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With Rangers looking like they are going to concede the league title to Celtic, there is an argument that Giovanni van Bronckhorst is yet to fully convince since replacing Steven Gerrard in November.
However, having reached this stage of the Europa League and with a Scottish Cup final to come, criticism of the Dutchman lacks substance, and the Gers boss will have every confidence that his players can continue their heroics from earlier in this competition.
Although the success over Borussia Dortmund naturally set the tone, the manner of their victories over Red Star Belgrade and Braga have also been impressive, even if the Glasgow giants took longer than necessary to defeat the Portuguese side – eventually reduced to nine men during extra time – in the second leg of the quarter-finals.
Nevertheless, Rangers head into this contest on a four-match winning streak, a run which includes a victory over Celtic in the last four of the Scottish Cup, and 12 goals have been netted during those fixtures.
That said, with Aaron Ramsey and Kemar Roofe having recently joined a mounting injury list, Van Bronckhorst may have to rely on spirit over quality to stay competitive in this tie ahead of the second leg.
Securing a place in next season’s Champions League is realistically the priority, however, and they hold just a two-point advantage over fifth-placed Freiburg.
Since dropping out of European football’s premier competition after the group stages, Leipzig have impressively come through ties against Real Sociedad and Atalanta BC.
On both occasions, Tedesco’s side won by two goals in the second leg away from home, and those results highlight the quality which Leipzig possess at both ends of the pitch.
With Roofe and Alfredo Morelos definitely on the sidelines and Ramsey also expected to miss out, Fashion Sakala is expected to get the nod down the middle of the Rangers attack.
Having been rested at the weekend, John Lundstram, Joe Aribo and Ryan Kent should all come back into the starting lineup, while Calvin Bassey is in line to return at left-back.
Despite getting on the scoresheet at Motherwell, Scott Wright is expected to be among the players who will drop down to the substitutes’ bench.
Leipzig have numerous suspension issues for this fixture with Willi Orban, Mohamed Simakan and Kevin Kampl all missing out on Thursday.
Nordi Mukiele and Lukas Klostermann, providing that he has fully recovered from coronavirus, should take their places in defence, while Dani Olmo is favourite to return to the team in a creative area.
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Andre Silva is likely to return to the attack to partner Christopher Nkunku, with Yussuf Poulsen the player to miss out.
RB Leipzig possible starting lineup:
Gulacsi; Mukiele, Klostermann, Gvardiol; Henrichs, Laimer, Adams, Angelino; Olmo; Nkunku, Silva
Rangers possible starting lineup:
McGregor; Tavernier, Goldson, Balogun, Bassey; Kamara, Lundstram, Jack; Aribo, Sakala, Kent