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Alex McLeish has claimed that Rangers don’t need to make “mass changes” for their Scottish League Cup clash with St. Mirren on Wednesday.

The Bears have the chance to join St Johnstone and Hibernian in the Semi-Finals and continue their unbeaten run in all competitions.

McLeish believes that Gerrard needs to keep the momentum of his squad going, and predicts that there should only be one or two changes at the SMISA Stadium.

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Talking exclusively to Ibrox News, McLeish said, “I’m not looking for Stevie to make mass changes because he’s in a great position in the league, and he doesn’t want to jeopardise that by mix and matching the team too much.”

“I think he’ll stick with that nucleus which works enormously well. He could tweak it, I mean last week the performance was brilliant, despite all the changes. Stevie has obviously got a real good trust of the squad.

“There might be one or two, Bassey, for instance, could come in and slot in pretty well. Keep that engine of the team on the go every week, there will time where some need a rest but now is not the time.”

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McLeish may be left disappointed.

In the last round against Falkirk, Gerrard made seven changes to his side and only kept the likes of James Tavernier and Conor Goldson in their usual defensive spots.

The Bears still cruised into the next round, and after a tough battle at Tannadice on Sunday afternoon, it would be no surprise to see that happen again on Wednesday.

One change is enforced, with Alfredo Morelos starting his two-game ban for his elbow against Dundee United and youngsters’ such as Calvin Bassey and Nathan Patterson will be itching to come back in.

In other Rangers news, Alex McLeish backs 23-year-old to take his chance v St. Mirren

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