Fringe player starts in Warburton 4-3-3: Rangers best possible XI v St Johnstone
By Dominic Toner
Defender Lee Hodson should keep his place in the Rangers side against St Johnstone.
The right-back was handed just a fifth league start of the season against Celtic in the Scottish League Cup semi-final and delivered an impressive performance.
Celtic progressed to the final to play Aberdeen, courtesy of an 87th minute winner from Moussa Dembele.
Hodson, 25, dealt well with the threat of Scott Sinclair and Kieran Tierney and should be rewarded for his display.
The club’s regular right-back James Tavernier was used in a more advanced role and manager Mark Warburton should deploy the same tactics.
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Forward Martyn Waghorn should be recalled to the starting XI to replace Barrie McKay, who failed to make an impact against Old Firm rivals Celtic.
Matt Gilks delivered a man-of-the-match performance display against Celtic in goal, but the veteran should be replaced by number one Wes Foderingham.
Hodson should be handed his first league start of the season and would play alongside the same back four as the one from the weekend.
He moved to Ibrox in the summer from MK Dons, after spending last season on loan at Kilmarnock.
Warburton should stick with the same midfield trio against St Johnstone and they will be looking to make up for a disappointing showing against Celtic.
Waghorn should be the only change in attack and he certainly has a point to prove this season, after a recent goal drought in the league.
The Englishman enjoyed a fantastic goal scoring run last campaign and scored 28 goals in just 36 appearances across all competitions.
In other Rangers team news, the club’s supporters reacted on Twitter to McKay’s performance against Celtic.