By Nick Ware

30th Dec, 2020 | 11:10am

Ibrox View: Morelos to start in two Gerrard changes - Rangers predicted XI v St Mirren

Steven Gerrard could hand Alfredo Morelos a return to Rangers’ starting line-up for their Scottish Premiership trip to St Mirren on Wednesday, ahead of Saturday’s crunch Old Firm clash.

Rangers beat Hibernian on December 26 in a narrow 1-0 victory at Ibrox to preserve their unbeaten league record this season, with Ianis Hagi scoring his second goal in as many games to secure all three points.

Gerrard is unlikely to make wholesale changes as he bids to maintain their strong form ahead of their upcoming grudge match with Celtic, but Colombian striker Morelos, who has not started their last four games, could be handed a start as tries to force his way into Saturday’s side.

One player the Gers are likely to be without on Wednesday is Scott Arfield, who came off the bench in Saturday’s win but lasted only six minutes before having to be replaced himself.

Speaking to the media ahead of the St Mirren clash, assistant manager Gary McAllister announced Arfield was heading for a scan, and that Ryan Jack would also be absent once more.

Nikola Katic also remains a long-term injury absentee for Rangers

Without Arfield and Jack, Bongani Zungu will be hopeful he can break into the side if 35-year-old Steven Davis is rested ahead of Saturday, with McAllister saying the staff have “every confidence” in the South African international.

Ahead of Allan McGregor in goal the tried and trusted back four is expected to maintain their place. Captain James Tavernier and Borna Barisic are set to line up at full back, while Connor Goldson and Leon Balogun will remain in the middle of defence.

In midfield is likely to be Joe Aribo and Glen Kamara alongside Zungu, if he gets the nod ahead of Davis.

Kemar Roofe could shift to the right hand side of attack, with Morelos predicted to operate in the middle, which would mean Ianis Hagi appearing on the left, in place of Ryan Kent.

A win for Rangers could see them extend their sixteen point lead at the top of the Premiership, if Celtic fail to win their game against Dundee United.

In other Rangers news, our view on where Gerrard might strengthen in January.