Rivals draft in ex-Man Utd youth; injuries deepen ahead of Rangers clash
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Rivals draft in ex-Man Utd youth; injuries deepen ahead of Rangers clash

St Johnstone have moved for ex-Man Utd youth midfielder Jacob Butterfield after being rocked by some serious injury news ahead of their clash with Rangers.

The Perthshire club have been forced to move for Jacob Butterfield, 31, after confirming David Wotherspoon would be ruled out for the season with a cruciate ligament injury.

The signing of Butterfield comes with St Johnstone remarkably stretched in that area of the pitch with Murray Davidson injured and Cammy McPherson ruled out until January.

It’s a bitter blow to bottom of the table Saints who’ve struggled to replicate their double-winning form of last season.

Manager Callum Davidson paid tribute to David Wotherspoon and claimed the midfielder was amongst the McDiarmid Park club’s best players last season.

“I think David was one of the best players for last season, so to lose him for the rest of the season is a huge blow for us,” said Davidson [BBC Sport].

“But he’s quite optimistic about it. He knows where he is at and knows what he has to do to get himself fit.

“I’ve had quite a few injuries myself and it’s the unknown injuries that are really hard. David’s quite a sensible guy and has his head around it already.”

Ex-Man United youth Jacob Butterfield set for St Johnstone debut v Rangers

The Saints boss has also paid tribute to Jacob Butterfield ahead of the match and claims the ex-Derby, Barnsley and Huddersfield is ready to go ahead of the match at Ibrox.

“He’s kept himself really fit and he’s got lots of experience,” said Davidson.

“We had a raft of injuries to central midfield players and we are basically really short. I spoke to a friend of mine and he said he was available and I got him up straight away.”

Jacob Butterfield carved out a successful career in the English Football League in his 20s. (Photo by Sam Bagnall – AMA/Getty Images)

That means the one-time Man United youth – who most recently played for Melbourne Victory – could be pitched in for a baptism of fire against Rangers at Ibrox as St Johnstone look to reverse their slump.

St Johnstone are bottom of a tight Scottish Premiership, level on points with Ross County and two behind a resurgent Dundee.

Here’s our predicted Rangers XI ahead of the match as Giovanni van Bronckhorst looks to make it five from five in the Scottish Premiership.

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