Guns out; Rangers predicted XI v St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park

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Guns out; Rangers predicted XI v St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park

As Rangers prepare to face off v St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park, the club do not have their injury woes to seek in the Scottish Premiership.

The club had 10 active first-teamers out of action for the 3-1 Champions League defeat to Ajax at Ibrox and the situation shows no signs of relenting heading into the weekend’s match.

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Rangers boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst knows that anything but victory in the club’s final three Scottish Premiership matches before the break could spell curtains for him and his management team.

The Gers are already four points behind Celtic and falling any further behind might have the swell of Rangers supporters already on the Dutchman’s back grow to breaking point.

St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park has regularly proved a challenge for Rangers and if the club don’t roll up their sleeves and start with the required intensity this could be a banana skin.

Callum Davidson will be setting his side up to frustrate the Gers too, so we suspect it’s going to be a tough old afternoon if we let it.

Rangers have the quality to see off the Perthshire Saints and we are backing them to do so with the following XI.

In goal, expect Allan McGregor to retain his place between the sticks whilst we’re backing Ben Davies to return to the side at centre-back for this clash.

Alongside him we expect Leon King to continue, with Borna Barisic and James Tavernier at left-back and right-back respectively.

In midfield, we suspect Rangers will go with James Sands, John Lundstram and Malik Tillman whilst further forward we are expecting the Gers to bring the guns out against St Johnstone.

Ryan Kent to start on the left, top scorer Antonio Colak through the middle and Fashion Sakala finally getting a run at right wing.

Rangers predicted XI v St Johnstone – 4-3-3

GK – Allan McGregor

DR – James Tavernier

DC – Leon King

DC – Ben Davies

DL – Borna Barisic

CDM – James Sands

CM – John Lundstram

CM – Malik Tillman

RW – Fashion Sakala

ST – Antonio Colak

LW – Ryan Kent