This Rangers XI would demolish St Johnstone in their next league game
COMMENT By James Black
Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha must wield the axe and make two changes to his side if he is to ensure Rangers have the best chance of beating St. Johnstone next Friday night.
The Gers have had a ropey start to the season with two home defeats already but only trail leaders Celtic and Aberdeen by six points.
Alfredo Morelos, Ryan Jack and Daniel Candeias have been the Light Blues’ stand-out performers so far this season, while others have struggled to hit top form
The Gers were due to have faced Benfica today in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada before the Eusebio Cup clash was called off at short notice.
Caixinha’s side will now face Morton in a closed-doors friendly on Saturday as the Portuguese manager puts his squad through their paces over the international break.
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With some of his more senior stars returning to full fitness, Caixinha can chop and change a little as he looks to get his side’s title chase back on track.
The should line up in a 4-2-3-1 formation with Wes Foderingham in goal behind a back four of James Tavernier, Fabio Cardoso, Bruno Alves and Declan John.
Alves has missed the last three games through injury and his return would mean Ross McCrorie dropping out of the starting XI.
Ahead of them, Ryan Jack and Graham Dorrans should continue anchoring the Gers midfield.
The pair have built a solid understanding and link-up well in the centre of the park to control possession.
Josh Windass’ performances at left wing haven’t been good enough and the former Accrington Stanley star should drop out of the starting XI for Aaron Nemane.
The on-loan Manchester City winger has only had limited game-time for the first-team but impressed for the Under-20’s last weekend in their 5-2 win over Burnley.
Pacy and direct, Nemane is the type of winger Rangers have been lacking in recent seasons and could be used to great effect down the left.
On the opposite side, Daniel Candeias should retain his place with the Portuguese winger being one of Rangers’ most potent attacking threats.
The summer signing has proven lots of people wrong since his summer move and continues to impress alongside Tavernier on the right flank.
Mexican Carlos Pena should slot in as the number 10 just behind lone striker Alfredo Morelos.
Pena has shown glimpses of his quality but has struggled to get up to speed with the physical side of the Scottish game.
The £2.2million summer signing from Chival Guadalajara needs to be given the chance to show what he can do over a number of games and allowed to find his feet in Scottish football.
Morelos has been a revelation since his move from HJK Helsinki with eight goals in twelve appearances so far for Rangers.
The Colombian striker has been the pick of the bunch when it comes to Caixinha’s summer signings and will be expecting to get back in amongst the goals when the Gers travel to Perth next week.
If Caixinha makes these changes, then the Gers might just come back down the A9 on Friday night three points closer to the top of the table and put some pressure on Aberdeen and Celtic.
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