Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has revealed that he is considering changes to his starting XI for Wednesday’s trip to St Mirren, but has ruled out taking drastic measures as he bids to keep up momentum.
After Saturday’s narrow 1-0 victory over Hibernian at Ibrox, where Ianis Hagi struck for the second successive game, Rangers head into the midweek fixture at St Mirren Park sixteen points clear of Celtic, and are still yet to taste defeat in the Premiership this season.
However, despite the substantial gap at the top of the division, Gerrard has refused to make sweeping changes, but has spoken of a desire to freshen up in some areas, as quoted on Glasgow Live, “I’ve got some tough decisions to make in the coming days. That’s a good place to be in.
“Will there be changes for Wednesday? Possibly. Obviously we’ve got the injury to Scott [Arfield] and there were a few tired legs out there on Saturday.
“I thought there were three or four of us that had a 10-minute period where they looked a bit leggy.
“The pitches are getting a bit heavy now and the games are coming thick and fast, so I will use the squad but there is no time for wholesale changes.”
In-form Hagi to keep his place?
Hagi has three goal contributions in his last three games, registering an assist in Rangers 3-1 win over Motherwell on December 19 after coming off the bench, before starting and scoring in their last two games, wins against St Johnstone (December 23) and Hibernian.
His goal against Hibernian proved to be the winner, and he has now scored in his last three starts for the Gers (also v Lech Poznan on December 12).
With the likes of Alfredo Morelos and Cedric Itten sat on the Rangers bench on Saturday, Gerrard has plenty of options should he choose to rotate his forward line for the fixture against St Mirren.
However, Hagi will hope he is not among those who are rested for Wednesday’s game, and instead will be offered the chance to continue the momentum he has built up, and show Gerrard why he doesn’t need to dip into the transfer market for attacking reinforcements in January.
In other Rangers news, Alex McLeish claims Hagi will be spurred on by recent goal flurry.