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Rangers vs Alloa: Predictions and possible lineups

Rangers have a wealth of options in midfield and attack available to them for the trip to Alloa, with Michael O'Halloran and Billy King available.

The Alloa groundsmen make their final adjustments to the pitch at Recreation Park.
The Alloa groundsmen make their final adjustments to the pitch at Recreation Park.
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Rangers resume their SPFL action with a trip to Alloa on Saturday, although with no other news going around most of the pre-match buildup has revolved around Mark Warburton bemoaning regulations allowing his opponents to turn their pitch into a bowling alley.

That said, Warburton has said he won't change his style. Whether that's admirable or unwise, time will tell, but it may have a bearing on who he decides will start the match regardless.

In defence, there's no injuries and we can probably expect the usual back five with Danny Wilson and Rob Kiernan in the middle.

In midfield we can probably expect to see a few changes - Jason Holt will likely start to get him back up to speed, while Dominic Ball may be dropped - there's no need for him here, and he'll be needed against Kilmarnock, so it probably means a return to the holding role for Andy Halliday. The other spot could be anyone from Nicky Law, Dean Shiels, Gedion Zelalem, or even Barrie McKay if Mr Warburton finally decides to try him in the centre.

Such a move would be allowed by the riches up front, with Michael O'Halloran and Billy King ready to play a part. Since neither can play on Tuesday and Kenny Miller probably needs a rest, we'd expect at least one to start. There's a number of questions here - will McKay continue in his usual role? Will he be moved out to the right where he's ended up the past two games? Does Martyn Waghorn need dropped, or should he be picked to probably get a goal against the worst team in the division? If so, would he play central or on the right with O'Halloran in the middle? Could O'Halloran work on the left cutting inside? All of these give us a lot of options, but make it difficult to predict a side.

Nonetheless, here's our attempt. We reckon it'll be McKay and Waghorn on the flanks, rather than anyone on the 'natural' flank since there's a lack of width and Warburton usually prefers it the other way around at the best of times. Meanwhile, we expect Dominic Ball to get a rest, and Gedion Zelalem to be given another chance to shake off his poor form in the centre. Let us know who you'd pick in the comments.