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Rangers expected 4-4-1-1 v St. Johnstone: 26-year-old axed in three changes

COMMENT By Harvey Byrne

Graeme Murty is expected to make three changes to his Rangers team for Wednesday evening’s Premiership clash against St. Johnstone at Ibrox.

The Scottish giants will be looking to return to winning ways as soon as possible after falling to three defeats in their last four league matches.

Their last outing against bottom of the league Inverness saw them make a formation change from 4-3-3 to 4-4-1-1 and it is likely Murty will stick with his decision and stick to personnel changes for the midweek fixture.

This is expected to see Rob Kiernan axed from the back four once more after the 26-year-old failed to impress on Friday evening with Clint Hill coming back into the team after sitting out through a whiplash injury.

Meanwhile, Jon Toral and Andy Halliday are also likely to be omitted from the side after struggling against then bottom of the league Inverness.

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Goalkeeper Wes Foderingham is expected to keep his position as the club’s number one despite his recent poor form.

The back four have also struggled in recent matches, but with Lee Hodson and Hill both stepping back into the team fans will be hoping for an improvement.

The midfield could then see James Tavernier step up the pitch due to his attacking ability down the right flank.

It is clear that the Scottish giants are currently missing a natural wide right man and Tavernier could be the answer to that problem.

Additionally, with Jason Holt stepping into the midfield the Rangers side could improve improve vastly with stars Emerson Hyndman and Barrie McKay also in there.

Meanwhile, last season’s top scorer Martyn Waghorn is expected to keep his position as the main striker with veteran Kenny Miller playing just behind him.

A defeat in this match could see alarm bells starting to ring around the club as they sit just six points clear of St. Johnstone at this moment in time.

In other Rangers news, Barry Ferguson has denied quitting Clyde for the Gers vacancy.

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