Predicted Rangers line-up to face St.Johnstone in the Scottish Premiership
Rangers take on St. Johnstone on Sunday at the Ibrox where they look to get their league campaign back on track.
Rangers and St. Johnstone have both secured eight points after five games with identical records – two wins, two draws and a loss.
The Gers’ one defeat came against Celtic, but they quickly bounced back against Dundee, thrashing them 4-0. They are coming on the back of a morale-boosting away draw against Villarreal in the Europa League and Steven Gerrard will hope his team can build on from that.
Gerrard will welcome back Alfredo Morelos and Jon Flanagan. The duo was absent for Thursday’s game against Villarreal but will return for Sunday’s showdown at Ibrox.
Gareth McAuley, Ryan Jack and Ovie Ejaria remain doubtful after sitting out the trip to Spain. Jordan Rossiter remains injured while Jamie Murphy has been ruled out for the season.
Meanwhile, Graham Dorrans handed Gerrard an injury boost after he returned to play a cameo against Villarreal on Thursday.
Probable Rangers XI
Manager: Steven Gerrard
Allan McGregor (GK)
McGregor is Rangers’ undisputed No.1 in goal, and he will retain his place for Sunday’s game.
James Tavernier (RB)
James Tavernier has been solid for Rangers so far this season and is expected to start at right-back.
Connor Goldson (CB)
A no-nonsense defender, Goldson is growing in confidence with every passing game. He is one of the first few names of the team sheet.
Nikola Katic (CB)
Katic was surprisingly named on the bench against Villarreal as Joe Worrall started the game. However, Katic is expected to start on Sunday as he would be fresh and raring to go.
Jon Flanagan (LB)
Flanagan should replace Barisic at left-back after the Croat played in the midweek Europa League clash.
Lassana Coulibaly (CM)
Coulibaly has been fantastic for the Gers since returning from injury. He adds so much energy and dynamism to Gerrard’s midfield and is also a threat in front of the goal.
Andy Halliday (CM)
Halliday should start alongside Coulibaly. He will be tasked with protecting the back-four against St. Johnstone.
Ryan Kent (LW)
Kent has been in good form for Rangers lately and needs to continue in the same vein. His pace and directness could be a worrisome prospect for the St. Johnstone defence to face.
Scott Arfield (CAM)
Starting in the No.10 role should be Arfield, who will look to pick up spaces behind defenders and bring creativity to Rangers’ play in the final third.
Eros Grezda (RW)
Out on the right, Eros Grezda could be handed his first start of the season. The Albanian is a speedy forward whose biggest assets are raw pace and dribbling abilities.
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Alfredo Morelos (ST)
Alfredo Morelos will lead the line for Rangers after he missed the Europa League game due to a suspension.