Rangers are enjoying a majestic European run, but they suffered yet another setback in the Premiership on Sunday evening. They were leading 2-0 against Motherwell at half-time and an Ibrox win would have closed the gap at the top of the standings. However, a shocking second-half saw them conceding twice and Celtic, in spite of a scoreless draw versus Hibernian, kept their three-point lead intact. The Light Blues must regroup themselves on Wednesday night and secure all three points against St. Johnstone at McDiarmid Park.
The Saints claimed a domestic double last season, but the fear of relegation is looming large with 10 games remaining. They are 11th in the league table and have already lost twice against Rangers so far this season in previous meetings. They must script a quick turnaround to avoid more misery and the Gers’ dismal away form might uplift their confidence this midweek.
Predicted 4-2-3-1 Rangers Lineup To Face St Johnstone
Allan McGregor is a club legend, but it’s high time Giovanni van Bronckhorst promotes Jon McLaughlin more often between the sticks. The 40-year-old custodian was shambolic last weekend, and therefore, should get dropped for the upcoming fixtures.
Skipper James Tavernier must keep his place down the right and the gaffer needs to restore Borna Barisic in the starting XI even though the left fullback is having a tough time. This would allow Calvin Bassey to shift as a centre-half alongside Connor Goldson. Leon Balogun’s minutes must be managed carefully due to persistent fitness problems, whereas Filip Helander is sidelined once again despite returning to action recently following a long injury layoff.
John Lundstram did well as a centre-back against Motherwell, but the dynamic midfield star should be the driving force in the middle of the park. He, along with Ryan Jack, destroyed Borussia Dortmund’s composure in the Europa League and the pair must be lined up together as the double pivot to dominate the game from the centre of the pitch.
Ryan Kent is irreplaceable down the left with his pace, power and creative spark. Scott Arfield, with all his experience and versatility, should occupy the right midfield role. Joe Aribo is operating as an advanced playmaker and his work ethic and link-up play would be key in breaking down the Saints’ resilience in the defensive third.
Alfredo Morelos is the main man high up the pitch. His poaching traits while spearheading the attack remains decisive in close contests.