By Nick Ware

21st Dec, 2020 | 2:36pm

View: Gerrard to axe 24y/o ace, Zungu to start in 5 changes: Rangers predicted XI v St Johnstone

Ianis Hagi and Cedric Itten are surely in line for midweek starting roles against St Johnstone after inspiring Rangers to a stirring second-half comeback against Motherwell on Saturday.

The Gers were a goal down to Callum Lang’s early strike and facing their first league defeat of the season before Hagi and Itten were introduced in the second half.

Rangers levelled on 73 minutes through Kemar Roofe, before the two substitutes combined to power the runaway leaders ahead. Roofe then added a third in stoppage time to send Steven Gerrard’s side 16 points clear at the top of the table.

Attention now turns to the midweek trip to McDiarmid Park, and the Rangers boss is expected to rotate again in order to keep his players fresh amid a gruelling fixture list in the Scottish Premiership.

Gerrard made five changes for the Motherwell game, and it would be no surprise to see him make a similar number on Wednesday.

Itten is likely to return to the starting line-up after beginning to hit some form, with two goals in his last four appearances, after failing to score in his previous eight for Rangers.

Hagi, meanwhile, has not started a Premiership game since the 2-0 win against Livingston in October, but he will hope to have left his manager with food for thought after helping to salvage Rangers unbeaten start to their league campaign.

Additional changes might be found in midfield, with 35-year-old Steven Davis expected to make way after completing the full 90 minutes against Motherwell. Bongani Zungu could replace him on Wednesday.

Joe Aribo is also likely to start after beginning Saturday’s win on the bench, with either Scott Arfield or Glen Kamara expected to make way for him.

Calvin Bassey could also replace Borna Barisic at left-back.

It will see Jermain Defoe, Ryan Kent, Davis, Barisic and Scott Arfield miss out.

This is the side we expect Steven Gerrard to put out on Wednesday…

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