Rangers Eyeing Season’s First Trophy in Viaplay Cup Final: Predicted XI to Face Aberdeen

Rangers are gearing up for a decisive clash as they strive to clinch the first trophy of the season in the Viaplay Cup Final against Aberdeen. With the week culminating in a potentially perfect high, the Light Blues are set to face off against their formidable opponents at Hampden. Both teams enter the final on the back of impressive European performances, with the Dons defeating Frankfurt and Philippe Clement’s Rangers securing a memorable victory against Real Betis.

Aberdeen and Rangers approach the Viaplay Cup Final with confidence following remarkable triumphs in their respective European campaigns. The Dons managed to overcome Frankfurt in their final Europa Conference League match at Pittodrie. Meanwhile, against the odds, Clement and his squad secured a historic 3-2 victory over Real Betis on Spanish soil, marking the La Liga side’s first home loss of the season and earning Rangers a spot in the Europa League’s last 16.

Domestically, Rangers received a boost as rivals Celtic suffered a surprising defeat to Hearts, maintaining the gap at the top between the two teams at five points. Crucially, Rangers now hold two games in hand, injecting further unpredictability into the title race. The additional confidence boost positions Clement’s team favorably as they aim to extend their unbeaten streak to 14 games and secure the first trophy under his tenure.

Rangers will welcome back key players for the Viaplay Cup Final, with Leon Balogun and Ridvan Yilmaz returning after being omitted from the Europa League squad by previous manager Michael Beale. Todd Cantwell, absent in the Seville game due to personal reasons, is expected to be available for the final. However, Jose Cifuentes will be sidelined, while frontmen Cyriel Dessers and Kemar Roofe are in good form. The unfortunate news is that Danilo is set to be out for months following successful knee surgery, and Nicolas Raskin and Tom Lawrence remain absent due to injury.

The predicted Rangers XI for the final includes Butland in goal, supported by Tavernier, Goldson, Balogun, and Barisic in defense. Sterling and Lundstram are expected to anchor the midfield, with Sima, Cantwell, and McCausland forming the attacking trio behind striker Dessers.