KRIS COMMONS believes Rangers should utilise a false nine system against RB Leipzig on Thursday due to their attacking injury problems.

Both Alfredo Morelos and Kemar Roofe will miss Thursday's clash, leaving manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst with few options.

Ryan Kent and Joe Aribo were rested at the weekend against Motherwell and Commons reckons the pair could be sprung into action in a new-look system.

He wrote in the Daily Mail: "I don't see Fashion Sakala as a viable option up front on his own. He's at his best playing out wide, using his pace to run at defenders and create space for others around him.

"Cedric Itten, meanwhile, has rarely featured under Giovanni van Bronckhorst since returning from a loan spell with Bundesliga side Greuther Furth in January. So he's not a serious option either.

"With such a shortage of bodies up front, a lot of people are painting this to be a disaster for Rangers. But I don't think it's necessarily as straightforward as that.

"Listen, it's certainly not ideal. I'm sure Van Bronckhorst would much rather have both Morelos and Roofe fit and available if he had the choice.

"But there are ways around this and ways to compensate for the lack of a front-line striker. Just look at some of the top clubs in Europe. Lots of them regularly play without a recognised No 9.

"That's the sort of system I think might suit Rangers best in Leipzig and I believe Joe Aribo is the man best suited to playing the false-nine role.

"In terms of his touch and his technical ability, he's a much better player than Sakala. I think a front three of Aribo centrally, with Sakala and Ryan Kent out wide, could cause Leipzig problems.

"Aribo and Kent were rested for Saturday's victory over Motherwell in the Premiership, so they should be fresh and raring to go come Thursday night."