One final disappointment: Three things to expect from Rangers in clash v St. Johnstone
COMMENT By Danny Wright
Rangers travel to McDiarmid Park on Sunday to face St. Johnstone in what will be their final fixture of the season.
Neither side have anything to play for other than pride in the Scottish Premiership clash between the third and fourth placed clubs.
Here, Football Insider takes a look at three things we can expect from the Light Blues against Tommy Wright’s men.
One final disappointment
It’s been a long, hard season for Rangers in their return the Scotland’s top flight. From the acrimonious exit of Mark Warburton, to the 5-1 loss to Celtic at Ibrox – the summer cannot come soon enough. Pedro Caixinha can be expected to make big changes to his team and this means that the result might not be a positive one. There’s little else to play for than pride so it could be the time for Rangers to try out certain youngsters or tactics. Caixinha wants rid of his deadwood and a number of senior players could be shifted out, which in turn could lead to a loss and one final disappointment for the campaign.
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Serge Atakayi handed debut
With the previous point that Caixinha could make big changes to his team, he could also hand a first-team debut to summer signing Serge Atakayi. The 18-year-old has been on the bench in recent weeks and was in the Ibrox dug-out to watch Rangers lose 2-1 to Aberdeen on Wednesday night. As Kenny Miller is still in the frame to start, it would be a good idea for Atakayi to play alongside the experienced striker and offer him some vital senior football which will aid his development to no ends. Joe Garner has bagged twice in his last three games but that doesn’t mean that he should still be automatically handed a place in the first-team plans.
Yellow cards aplenty
As it’s the final day of the season, there will be tired legs and players with a point to prove. Some of those could be inexperienced and that means the referee might have a lot of disciplinary issues to deal with. Tackles, especially from defenders, can be expected to be flying in throughout the 90 minutes as players who are fighting for their contracts seek desperate action to impress their manager – or even potential suitors. St. Johnstone have the third most yellow cards in the Scottish Premiership this term while Rangers have only received ten fewer.
In other Rangers news, Chris Sutton has not held back in his latest assessment of Caixinha.