Rangers team v Eintracht Frankfurt: Is this the XI Giovanni van Bronckhorst will pick for Europa League final?


Rangers boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst will have selection decisions to make.  (Photo by CRISTINA QUICLER/AFP via Getty Images)
Rangers boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst will have selection decisions to make. (Photo by CRISTINA QUICLER/AFP via Getty Images)

History could be created by defeating Eintracht Frankfurt in Seville to lift the Europa League trophy, becoming the first Scottish club to win two European tournaments.

The club last won the Cup Winners’ Cup in 1972, also in Spain, when they defeated Dinamo Moscow in Barcelona, ​​while their last final was closer to home, losing 2-0 to Zenit Saint Petersburg in Manchester in 2007.

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You have produced some pivotal moments on the run to the end. He missed the last European final against Zenit due to injury and this could be his last match in a Rangers shirt with his contract up in the summer and Jon McLaughlin likely to play the Scottish Cup final.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst has already led his side to success over Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig, who both finished in the top four of the Bundesliga. Frankfurt, meanwhile, finished 11th but have defeated West Ham United, Real Betis and Barcelona on their way to the final.

The Dutch manager will have plenty to think about with regards to his team selection, not only personnel with Kemar Roofe available having missed the last seven matches but also the system in which he lines them up.

Eintracht play a back three which could mean Rangers will look to match them up. Under Van Bronckhorst a switch from a back four to a back three has not been uncommon.

Here is the 11 The Scotsman predicts will start in Seville:

Rangers fans have dubbed him the “best on earth”. He has really come to the fore in recent months, especially in Europe. His versatility from him will allow the team to be flexible, able to go from defense to midfield seamlessly.
Another who may well be set to exit in the summer. The defender has been Rangers’ Mr Reliable. Always available and one of the first names on the team-sheet. He will be expected to marshal the defense.
Van Bronckhorst may well think about Balogun in this position and Bassey as a wing-back. But Bassey gives the backline excellent recovery pace and someone who will be aggressive in engaging with opponents.
Captain, talisman, goal scorer. A win here will see him go down as one of the all-time greats. He will likely go up against Frankfurt’s star man Filip Kostic.
The Finn was back to his best against RB Leipzig. He can take the ball under pressure, evade that pressure, allowing Rangers to break a press and motor forward. Someone with his ice-cool composition may well be needed on a night like tonight.
Rangers are better when Ryan Jack is in the team. He brings control and direction, dictates the team’s tempo and is an excellent two-way footballer.
It could be a big night for the Croatian. His delivery of him from open play and set pieces could be real handful with Rangers likely to be a huge threat from corners and free kicks.
Few could have predicted Rangers would rest Scott Wright for a Europa League final but he showed his capabilities on the European stage against RB Leipzig.
The Nigerian is such an intelligent player, exactly why he has filled the forward role so well. His movement and link up play will be key to move around the Frankfurt back three and create space for team-mates.
A verifiable match winner in the Rangers team. If they can get behind and down the sides of Eintracht he will pose such a threat running at and across the Eagles defence. It’s hard to look past Kent being the big-game player on the night.


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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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