Steven Gerrard is predicted to make five changes to Rangers’ starting line-up ahead of their Scottish Premiership clash against Motherwell at Ibrox on Saturday.

Rangers suffered their first defeat of the season on Wednesday when St Mirren bagged a last-gasp 3-2 win over the Gers in the Betfred Cup.

We won’t be surprised to see Gerrard ring the changes from that game but one will be forced with Leon Balogun ruled out with an injury.

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Speaking to the media on Friday, Gerrard announced that both Balogun and Ryan Jack will miss this weekend’s league action.

Filip Helander is expected to replace Balogun while Calvin Bassey, Bongani Zungu, Joe Aribo and Cedric Itten could be axed by Gerrard.

Borna Barisic, Glen Kamara, Steven Davis and Jermaine Defoe are predicted to start.

Allan McGregor is expected to start in goals with top goalscorer and captain James Tavernier at right-back, Conor Goldson and Helander at centre-back and Barisic at left-back.

In the midfield, we predict Gerrard to name a trio of Scott Arfield, Kamara and Davis.

Kemar Roofe and Ryan Kent are predicted to retain their spots out wide with Defoe replacing Itten in the centre-forward position while Alfredo Morelos is suspended.

Rangers will be desperate to bounce back to winning ways after their shock exit from the Betfred Cup on Wednesday.

Anything other than a win will lead to pundits and rival fans suggesting that the Gers are suffering a dip in form and that could raise the pressure on the squad.

They have to win this match.

In other Rangers news, Kris Boyd has taken a swipe at Celtic after being mocked for his appearance on Sky Sports News.

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