Rangers Predicted XI vs St Johnstone
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Rangers Predicted XI vs St Johnstone

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.

McGregor’s loss, is Foderingham’s gain. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

That should mean a return for forgotten man, Wes Foderingham.

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.

Borna Barisic could come in as Rangers will look to be more dynamic at home. (Photo by Maria Jose Segovia/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

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.

McCrorie could be rested to allow Davis to return. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

A lone striker role doesn’t really suit Jermain Defoe – that much is clear.
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.

Lafferty has had a frustrating season, but scored against St Johnstone back in September. (photo by Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

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