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Predicted Rangers XI ahead of St. Johnstone clash

Rangers boss Gio van Bronckhorst may look to shake up his squad tonight in an attempt to return to winning ways in the Premiership.

The Gers have been held to a draw in both of their last two outings in the league and these frustrating results could tempt the boss into making some key selection decisions.

However, he will be without at least five of his first-team players after he revealed the latest injury news ahead of their clash with St. Johnstone.

Speaking in his pre-match press conference on Tuesday, the Dutch head coach said: “Ramsey, Davis, Amad, Jack and Helander are not available for tomorrow.”

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How many changes will he make to the team? Here is our predicted XI…

We are predicting that he will make three alterations to the side, with Jon McLaughlin, Leon Balogun and James Sands coming in.

Firstly, McLaughlin could come in between the sticks to replace the underperforming Allan McGregor. The veteran was caught out at his near post for Motherwell’s second goal at the weekend and this latest error could convince van Bronckhorst to hand a chance to the ex-Sunderland shot-stopper.

Former Scotland international Charlie Nicholas has urged the club to stop playing the 40-year-old, writing this week:  “Rangers can kiss goodbye to their title crown if they don’t drop Allan McGregor.”

We are predicting that the Dutch head coach will heed his warning and axe the goalkeeper from his starting XI tonight.

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In defence, Balogun should come in for John Lundstram. The ex-Sheffield United man was caught out for Motherwell’s first goal as he played in an unnatural position to him at centre-back, which should result in him being moved back into the midfield.

Scott Arfield could drop out of the team after a run of five games without a SofaScore rating higher than 6.6 – suggesting that he has struggled to put in good displays of late. This will then allow Lundstram to play in the middle of the park with Balogun partnering Connor Goldson at the back.

Finally, we are predicting that £14k-per-week gem Joe Aribo will be handed a much-needed rest. January signing James Sands could come in to replace him, with Glen Kamara and Lundstram joining him in midfield, and this match could be a huge chance for him to show that he has what it takes to make an impact in the Premiership.

AND in other news, GVB must brutally axe Rangers gem with “unbelievable strength”, he’s run out of steam…

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