Rangers expected 4-3-3 v St Johnstone: Star performer axed in three changes
By Dominic Toner
Mark Warburton is expected to make three changes to the Rangers side on Wednesday.
The Gers turn their attention back to the league against St Johnstone and will move ahead of their opponents into fourth with a victory.
Rangers suffered a narrow 1-0 defeat to rivals Celtic in the League Cup semi-final on Sunday, with Moussa Dembele scoring an 87th minute winner.
Wes Foderingham, Joe Garner and Martyn Waghorn are set to come into the side after being named on the bench against the Old Firm rivals.
Matt Gilks, Lee Hodson and Barrie McKay are expected to lose their place in the team, as Warburton opts to start his more senior players.
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Goalkeeper Gilks delivered a man-of-the-match display in Rangers’ cup match and is pushing current number one Foderingham for a starting position.
James Tavernier was deployed further up the pitch against Celtic and is set to be restored to his usual right-back slot for the league match, meaning attacker Joe Garner replaces defender Hodson in the side.
Warburton’s side were limited to few attacking chances against Celtic and winger McKay struggled to threaten in attack.
Gilks, 34, is yet to make an appearance in a league match but his eye-catching performance against Celtic has certainly done his chances no harm.
The experienced goalkeeper made several top saves on Sunday, including impressive blocks against Scott Sinclair and Tom Rogic in the first-half.
He has huge amounts of top level experience and Foderingham will be under pressure to deliver against St Johnstone.
Rangers’ defence were the shining lights from the defeat to Celtic and Lee Wallace, Rob Kiernan and Clint Hill are expected to keep their place in the side, with Tavernier slotting in to a familiar position.
Warburton is set to continue with the same midfield trio, with Niko Kranjcar currently sidelined with a potential season-threatening injury and Joey Barton still banned by the club following his training ground bust-up.
Waghorn and Garner are set to be given the opportunity to impress and will join veteran forward Kenny Miller in attack, who scored the winner against Inverness in their last league outing.
In other Rangers team news, the club’s supporters reacted on Twitter to McKay’s performance against Celtic.