Glasgow Rangers return to Premiership action this afternoon for the first time since their Betfred Cup exit, when Steven Gerrard’s side welcome Motherwell to Ibrox on Saturday.
St Mirren stunned Rangers after Conor McCarthy bundled in an injury-time winner on Wednesday night, which will have forced Gerrard to go back to the drawing board, as the Gers turn their attention to hunting for the league title.
The Ibrox boss made a number of changes for the Scottish League Cup quarter-final, and has a huge selection dilemma on his hands as he looks to stop the rot from spreading further.
Here at Football FanCast, we’ve worked on a predicted starting line-up, which sees Gerrard make five changes to the chastening defeat at the Saints.
Allan McGregor started against St Mirren, so maybe Jon McLaughlin could push for a recall, but we’re backing the veteran goalkeeper to keep the gloves, having been trusted for most of the season so far.
James Tavernier, Connor Goldson and Filip Helander also started on Wednesday night, and it’s hard to imagine Gerrard making too many changes to the trio, with Leon Balogun ruled out due to injury, while Borna Barisic comes back in for Calvin Bassey, who will have to drop to the bench.
Bongani Zungu has struggled as of late, so bringing Steven Davis into the midfield alongside Scott Arfield and the in-form Glen Kamara makes most sense, at the expense of the South African midfielder and Joe Aribo.
Following his heroics in the Europa League, Cedric Itten offered very little at St Mirren Park, which means Jermain Defoe should be back in action this afternoon, with Kemar Roofe resuming his place on the right wing opposite the ever-reliable Ryan Kent.
AND in other news, Glasgow Rangers manager Steven Gerrard must unleash Jermain Defoe on Motherwell…