Glasgow Rangers return to domestic action on Sunday with a clash against St Johnstone, as Steven Gerrard’s men look to continue to build momentum.

Looking at the options at his disposal, the Gers boss will know some of his players will be tired after Thursday night’s 2-2 draw against Villarreal in Spain.

Rangers goalkeeper Allan McGregor has been in great form this season and must start behind an unfamiliar back-three of, Joe Worrall, Connor Goldson and Nikola Katic.

Why play four at the back when the Perth side will use Tony Watt upfront on his own and flood the midfield?

Borna Barisic took a knock against Villarreal and should be rested and placed on the Rangers bench if he is passed fit to play.

Gerrard promised Worrall first-team games if he signed on for a one-year loan deal from Nottingham Forest. It makes sense to use him in Ibrox matches to bed him in.

It gives the Rangers boss the chance to see if James Tavernier would be better if he didn’t have to defend as much. Play him as the right-wing-back, instead of Daniel Candeias.

Ex-Scotland midfielder Graham Dorrans could join Scott Arfield and Lassana Coulibaly in the centre of midfield, and try out Ryan Kent as a hard-working left-wing-back.

Rangers would want the back three to mop things up and allow Tavernier and Kent to attack the Perth side, at every opportunity.

In attack, Kyle Lafferty and Alfredo Morelos should play up front together as a versatile unit and score more goals for the team.

My predicted Rangers side would give St Johnstone a real hard time of it, and it would also surprise them. They probably couldn’t cope with the onslaught from all over the pitch.

Rangers manager Gerrard was pleased with Canadian internationalist Arfield and Northern Irish star Lafferty’s equalising goals in Spain. It should push both players to grab lots more.

If the Ibrox club go two or three up on Sunday, then bring on Eros Grezda for Tavernier and 18-year-old Glenn Middleton for Kent, to give the kid more first-team minutes.

McGregor: Worrall, Goldson, Katic: Tavernier, Coulibaly, Arfield, Dorrans, Kent: Morelos, Lafferty

Subs: Grezda, Middleton, McCrorie, Candeias, Sadiq, Halliday, Foderingham


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