August 3, 2021

Gerrard axes Wright, “Sensational” beast returns in 5 changes: Predicted Rangers XI – opinion

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Rangers are on the hunt for move silverware and the next step on their journey...

Rangers are on the hunt for move silverware and the next step on their journey to more success is a big clash at Ibrox later this evening.

Rangers will be looking to reach the Scottish Cup semi-finals as they take on St Johnstone, with Steven Gerrard undoubtedly targeting a league and cup double this season.

Remarkably, you have to go back to 2009 for the last time the Light Blues lifted the Scottish Cup but having knocked out their Old Firm rivals Celtic in the previous round, you would definitely say that Gerrard’s side are now firm favourites to win the trophy this season.

However, Wednesday’s league fixture against Callum Davidson’s side emphasised that it won’t be an easy game for Rangers on Sunday, as the Saints earned themselves a point thanks to Liam Craig’s stoppage-time penalty.

Gerrard rested several first-team players for the trip to McDiarmid Park in midweek so it seems likely that he will go full strength for the quarter-final this evening.

Here’s how Football FanCast expects the 40-year-old to line his side up at Ibrox, with five changes from the team that started in midweek…

Allan McGregor returns in between the sticks after Jon McLaughlin made a rare league start at McDiarmid Park.

There is just one change in defence, as Filip Helander returns to the side in place of Jack Simpson, who struggled on his full debut in midweek and gave away the penalty late on.

In midfield, Gerrard switches back to three central players after going with a 4-4-2 in midweek, which sees Joe Aribo come back into the starting side.

That results in plenty of changes up front, as Kemar Roofe, Cedric Itten and Scott Wright all dropping out, with Ianis Hagi pushed up to a right-wing position, whilst Alfredo Morelos returns up front.

Although Wright scored in midweek and is perhaps unfortunate to miss out, Ryan Kent has been “sensational” this season and is very likely to return after being rested last time out.

And, in other news… Gerrard must axe Rangers’ “born leader” vs Saints, he was a liability in midweek

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