Major selection headache for Gerrard, who should get the nod?
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Scott Arfield or Daniel Candeias for Rangers vs St Mirren?

Steven Gerrard has some major selection headaches, ahead of today’s fixture against St Mirren.
As we progress through the second half of the season, injuries, suspensions and individual loss of form may make a lot of his decisions for him.

January signing, Steven Davis, could be in line to start. (photo by Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

However, right now, there is almost a clean bill of health.
Against the league’s bottom club, Rangers are likely to flex their muscles and go with two up front.

With one less in midfield than during the first half of the season, two fan favourites could be vying for a spot.

Daniel Candeias and Scott Arfield

Candeias was the man sacrificed when Gerrard went for two front men against Killie. However, the tenacious Portuguese came back to star in the win over Livingston.
His work rate is simply outstanding. While four goals and two assists in the league this season suggests end product isn’t always there, he’s capable of popping up with a bit of magic in the final third.

Candeias celebrates after an excellent finish against Spartak Moscow, back in November. (Photo by Sergei FadeichevTASS via Getty Images)

On the other hand, Arfield has had a strong start to life at Ibrox. Although he picked up a niggle around the Christmas period, he returned to put in an excellent display in the Old Firm win.
The Canadian international has slightly better returns than his teammate. He’s scored five times and registered six assists, to date.
Despite starting the first two games after the break, he is well rested, after sitting out against Cowdenbeath.

Arfield is better suited to central areas. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Personnel will dictate shape

Who takes the field this afternoon, though, will depend the formation Gerrard is comfortable with playing.
If he goes with the diamond-esque shape deployed against Killie, Arfield is set to get the nod.
If he looks to throw caution to the wind, Candeias could come into play.
Yet, although the idea of playing two strikers and retaining width seems appealing, it’s an approach that appears to be unfashionable in the modern game.
This is the team I think the manager will opt for.

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