Rangers take on St Mirren in the quarter-final of the League Cup on Wednesday night and Steven Gerrard is likely to name a strong starting XI in Paisley.

The League Cup the first silverware available to the club this season and it’s a competition the Gers boss has come agonisingly close to winning in the past.

Gerrard with Umar Sadiq after Rangers’ semi-final defeat in 2018. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Rangers lost out to Aberdeen in the 2018/19 semi-finals, before falling to a 1-0 defeat to Celtic in last year’s final, despite dominating the majority of the match.

Both of those clubs have already been knocked out of this season’s competition and given the form Gerrard’s side are in right now, they have a big chance of finally going all the way.

St Mirren have taken seven points from their last three Premiership matches and have only conceded twice in their last five in all competitions, though, so a strong performance will be required to reach the last four.

In a reflection of the seriousness of the tie, Allan McGregor is likely to be named in goal, while there may only be one change to the back four.

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The injury-prone Leon Balogun has played four consecutive games at centre-back, so he should be replaced by Filip Helander for the Sweden international’s first start since early November.

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Filip Helander is likely to return to the Rangers starting XI vs St Mirren. (Photo by Jeroen Meuwsen/BSR Agency/Getty Images)”n

If selected, he will partner Connor Goldson, while James Tavernier and Borna Barisic will occupy the full-back slots.

Joe Aribo’s presence at Tuesday’s press conference suggests he will return to the side, possibly in place of Scott Arfield in midfield, with Steven Davis and Glen Kamara retaining their places.

Alfredo Morelos will miss the game through suspension, so Cedric Itten is likely to lead the line, with Kemar Roofe and Ryan Kent providing support from either side.

Rangers Predicted XI vs St Mirren (A) – 16/12/2020:

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