After a 0-0 Scottish Cup stalemate with Kilmarnock last weekend, Rangers welcome St Johnstone to Ibrox on Saturday.
The Saints currently sit sixth in the Scottish Premiership, but are coming off the back of a 5-0 defeat at Celtic Park.
News of a failed appeal on Wednesday afternoon, means Steven Gerrard will definitely have to make a change between the sticks.
Allan McGregor will serve the first of a two-match ban for violent conduct, for his challenge on Aberdeen’s Lewis Ferguson.
The former no.1 has made just a solitary SPL appearance so far this season, and will be raring to go.
At left-back, Borna Barisic is likely to come in for Andy Halliday, after the latter got a run out against Killie.
Elsewhere, the personnel will depend on the shape Gerrard opts for.
The manager will also have an eye on the big replay against Killie, which comes just four days later.
Therefore, I expect Steven Davis to get a start in midfield.
He could come in for any of the three central players who started at Rugby Park. However, with Ross McCrorie in the wars a little at the weekend, he might be the most likely to be held back for the cup tie.
Consequently, it could be time for Kyle Lafferty to get a go from the off, with Defoe serving as the X Factor option from the bench.
The big Northern Irishman needs to prove his worth and this could serve as a golden opportunity.
Rangers Predicted XI to face St Johnstone 16/02/2019 (H) :
GK – Wes Foderingham
RB – James Tavernier
CB – Connor Goldson
CB – Joe Worrall
LB – Borna Barisic
CM – Ryan Jack
CM – Steven Davis
CAM – Scott Arfield
RW – Daniel Candeias
LW – Ryan Kent
ST – Kyle Lafferty