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Alex McLeish has insisted that Steven Gerrard will name his strongest starting XI for the Scottish Cup quarter-final against St Johnstone this evening.

After the convincing win over Celtic in the previous round, it should be a similar side that made it five Old Firm games without defeat.

McLeish believes that James Tavernier will come in for the suspended Nathan Patterson, but other than that, there won’t be many changes from that last win.

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Speaking exclusively to Ibrox News, McLeish said, “Yeah, James will come back.

“It’s hugely important to already put the Premiership title to bed, they are now onto the next one, and that’s the demands at a club like Rangers.

“He did shake the side up the other night with a lot of changes, and you see how that can affect them, I would expect a full-strength side for this weekend.

“One or two will come back into the reckoning.”

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Spot on.

The likes of Ryan Kent and Alfredo Morelos were rested completely for the 1-1 draw on Wednesday evening and will be raring when unleashed in the cup.

As the Bears charge towards an invincible campaign in the league, they will want to make it a domestic double and prove their dominance even further.

Tavernier staying in the squad too is a huge boost, as it brings together the squad that has delivered this great success all season.

St. Johnstone will be expecting a much tougher test than Wednesday was, if they couldn’t beat a heavily-rotated side, they will be fearing the trip to Ibrox.

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