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10th Oct, 2017 | 1:07pm

Rangers expected 4-2-3-1 v St Johnstone: 24-year-old fringe player returns

By James Black

Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha is expected to make two changes to the side to play St Johnstone from the one that beat Hamilton 4-1 in the club’s last outing prior to the international break.

Ryan Jack’s suspension means the midfielder will definitely miss the trip to Perth to face St. Johnstone on Friday night and Jason Holt is expected to come in for the ex-Aberdeen ace.

Bruno Alves is also likely to return to the starting XI – at the expense of Ross McCrorie – after missing the Light Blue’s last three games with a calf injury.

The Gers sit level on points with St Johnstone in third place in the Scottish Premiership and need to win if they are to have any hope of sustaining a title challenge this season.

Wes Foderingham could retain his place in goal in the Gers’ 4-2-3-1 behind a back four of James Tavernier, Fabio Cardoso, Declan John and the fit-again Alves.

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Jack’s suspension is likely to see 24-year-old Holt return from the fringes of the squad to the starting XI for the first time since the Europa League first qualifying round first leg tie against Progres Niederkorn.

Holt will likely partner Graham Dorrans in the middle of the park with Daniel Candeias and Josh Windass taking their usual places on the flanks.

Mexican midfielder Carlos Pena looks poised to continue in the number 10 role behind Alfredo Morelos as he continues to get up to speed with Scottish football after his move from Chivas Guadalajara.

Kenny Miller could return to the matchday squad after coming off the bench in Saturday’s closed-doors draw with Morton.

Danny Wilson and Niko Kranjcar have both returned to the first-team squad after injuries forced them to miss the Hamilton clash before the international break with Jordan Rossiter expected to rejoin the pool next week.

Captain Lee Wallace is the Gers’ only long-term injury concern but should return by the end of the month.

In other Rangers news, Pedro Caixinha was blown away by four Rangers youngsters in the closed-doors friendly with Morton.

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