Rangers take on St Johnstone in the early kick-off on Sunday afternoon, and Steven Gerrard has predicted changes.
His side was impressive against Feyenoord on Thursday, but given the intensity of that game, it’s only sensible that several will drop out in favour of fresh legs.
🎙️ SG: Thursday to Sunday you don't get much time most of the players will be on recovery, but that is the same for a lot of teams and why we have gone for volume in terms of the squad as I need to be able to freshen up the squad.
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) September 20, 2019
Central midfield is one area which will likely be reshuffled. Joe Aribo came on for Glen Kamara in the latter stages in the Europa League and could replace him from the start.
At 34, two starts in four days may be too much for Steven Davis, too. Therefore, it’s time to give Andy King his first start in a Rangers shirt.
The Welsh international signed on a season-long loan in mid-August and since then, he’s made four substitute appearances.
Some may consider it a bit of a risk to start him in an away fixture where the Gers can’t afford to drop points.
Yet, he wasn’t signed by the club just to see out the final ten minutes of games. He is a player with considerable experience who has played a part in three league winning seasons throughout the English football league pyramid.
It’s key that the Gers play at a good tempo at McDiarmid Park, against an opposition who will be keen to sit in.
Davis is a class act and a shoo-in for the big occasions, but King should be fresh and raring to go. If he, Aribo and Ryan Jack get the nod, there’s more than enough quality there to overrun the Saints in midfield.
It’s time for Stevie G to show faith in his loanee and hopefully, if given a chance, he will show the fans what he’s all about.