Rangers have made just one change to their starting XI for a potentially season-defining Scottish Premiership clash v St Mirren on Saturday afternoon.
A win for the Light Blues at Ibrox will see them put one hand on the trophy ahead of Celtic’s clash with Dundee United on Sunday and Steven Gerrard has elected to shuffle his pack slightly.
The Gers boss has decided to hand a starting berth to Ianis Hagi after he was rested completely in midweek.
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As confirmed on Rangers’ Twitter account before the game, Scott Arfield has dropped to the bench as he continues to be eased back to action after a long-term injury.
Ryan Jack and Kemar Roofe miss out but are expected to be back next week while James Tavernier is a longer-term absentee.
Rangers’ last game was a thrilling but controversial 1-0 win over Livingston where Steven Gerrard was given his marching orders at half-time after reacting angrily to Alfredo Morelos being shown a yellow card for an apparent dive.
The SFA realised the error of their ways as they rescinded his card but they refused to relent on Gerrard who was handed a one-match suspension which comes into immediate effect.
Therefore he will be missing from the sidelines at Ibrox with Gary McAllister set to resume a more senior role for this game.
This could be our last game before the Premiership title is wrapped up.
A win would push us on to 88 points which means if Celtic lose to Dundee United the championship will be secured.
As sweet as it would be to win the title on March 23 at Celtic Park Gerrard will be instructing his players to do the business as soon as possible and that means all three points at Ibrox on Saturday.
Our two previous league encounters saw the Gers run out comfortable winners but the Saints are the only side to beat us all season [3-2 in the League Cup] so this is a potential banana skin.
But with our task clear we do not envisage any slip-ups here to pile the pressure on Celtic ahead of their game on Sunday.
In other Rangers news, see our exclusive interview with Alex McLeish for his St Mirren prediction.