Following on from the dramatic comeback win over Braga, we’ve selected our Rangers Predicted XI for the Premiership clash against St Johnstone on Sunday afternoon.
Steven Gerrard will be keen to carry the momentum forward from a manic Thursday night under the lights at Ibrox, but the quick turnaround and at least one injury concern make it likely that there will be multiple changes to his side.
On Friday morning, Gary McAllister ruled Borna Barisic out of the fixture after he was forced off against Braga following a sizeable blow to the kidney area.
🎙️ GM: Borna Barisic took a big blow to the kidney area so he is out for the weekend and we will monitor him over the next few days.
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) February 21, 2020
He’s most likely to be replaced at left-back by Andy Halliday.
In midfield, it’s a near certainty that Ryan Jack will return to the side after he sat out of Europa League action through suspension. Glen Kamara struggled against the Portuguese, and he’s favourite to make way.
After his outstanding impact off the bench against Braga, Gerrard is also likely to make room for Joe Aribo in midfield.
Steven Davis wasn’t at his sharpest, despite assisting the first of the comeback goals, and could be at risk of dropping out, but some thought will also be given to resting Scott Arfield, who has made 10 appearances in just over a month following the winter break.
At the top end of the pitch, Alfredo Morelos will keep his spot and Ianis Hagi is near undroppable following his brace. Ryan Kent was off-colour once again, though, and both Florian Kamberi and Greg Stewart will be jostling to replace him.
Kamberi was the first to be called upon off the bench against Braga, and at 6ft 4″, his added aerial threat may just see him win the battle, as he goes in search of his first Gers goal.
Rangers Predicted XI vs St Johnstone – 23/02/2020 (A)
GK – Allan McGregor
RB – James Tavernier
CB – Connor Goldson
CB – Nikola Katic
LB – Andy Halliday
CDM – Ryan Jack
CM – Scott Arfield
CM – Joe Aribo
AM – Ianis Hagi
AM – Florian Kamberi
ST – Alfredo Morelos