Rangers round off their preparations for the season ahead by facing German outfit Hoffenheim this afternoon.

The Ibrox club come into the game off the back of testing pre-season fixtures against Newcastle United, Hamburg and Olympiacos.

With one week to go until the Premiership campaign kicks off for real, just what team will Michael Beale select to take on the Bundesliga side?

Our writers select their starting XIs, do you agree?

Jonny McFarlane

Michael Beale will head to Germany with the hope of a more convincing performance than the one his team gave against Olympiacos.

You can expect the tactical tinkering and huge level of changes that peppered the previous games to abate as Beale looks to settle his starting XI to face Kilmarnock next weekend.

Jack Butland will return to nets while Borna Barisic will drop out for Ridvan Yilmaz at left-back, with the Croat paying for a poor performance against the Greeks.

In the centre of defence, a new-look partnership of John Souttar and Leon Balogun should offer a combination of quality and brawn. Although neither is a left-footer, Balogun has played there for most of his time in Glasgow and has always performed solidly.

Raskin is an obvious pick at the base of midfield while Kieran Dowell has started every game so far and been solid. He gives the team balance on the left and may well be a bigger part of this new-look side than people predicted. Ryan Jack returns to add steel and drive to the engine room against tough opponents after missing out in midweek.

Up front, Todd Cantwell can support the midfield and try and create from the hole while Sam Lammers and Cyriel Dessers try to spark up a partnership.

Rangers: Butland, Tavernier, Yilmaz, Souttar, Balogun, Raskin, Dowell, Jack, Cantwell, Lammers, Dessers.

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Derek Clark

Wednesday night’s lacklustre showing against Olympiacos has raised some concern, particularly in the backline given the cheap goals that were conceded.

Supporters will be hoping for a far more resolute defensive display and we should expect some changes with that in mind.

Jack Butland will be the No.1 this season and will come back in between the sticks. Neither Borna Barisic or Ridvan Yilmaz impressed in midweek but the Turk simply has to start going forward. He offers so much more than the Croatian, particularly in an attacking sense.

In midfield, Nico Raskin is one of the first names on the teamsheet and after being rested on Wednesday, Ryan Jack should return to partner the Belgian.

Todd Cantwell or Kieran Dowell will likely make up the midfield trio although there is an argument that Cantwell is best suited to playing the No.10 role. With that in mind, perhaps Michael Beale may be tempted to partner Sam Lammers with Cyriel Dessers up top.

It’s important he finds a formula to accommodate the forward options he now has at his disposal with Kilmarnock just around the corner.

Rangers: Butland, Tavernier, Souttar, Davies, Ridvan, Raskin, Jack, Dowell, Cantwell, Lammers, Dessers.

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