By Graeme Hanna

14th Apr, 2023 | 8:10pm

Several missing for St Mirren game - breaking player news

Michael Beale has confirmed that he will be without forward Ryan Kent as well as several first-team players for the Premiership game against St Mirren on Saturday 15 April, as relayed by Rangers’ official Twitter account.

With no realistic chance of winning the title this season, the Ibrox boss can make changes to experiment or give game time to a few players with a point to prove.

Beale was speaking at the press conference, ahead of the visit of Stephen Robinson’s team to G51.

Whilst Connor Goldson’s continued absence was expected, the Englishman provided further detail on the latest squad situation.

There will be, “a few missing for the weekend”, he said.

“Goldson is still unavailable. Ridvan [Yilmaz], [Antonio] Colak, [Scott] Wright, [Ryan] Jack and [Ryan] Kent are also unavailable for the weekend.”

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Time to prove a point

Ok, this is where it gets interesting.

Of those named above, Goldson, Jack, and Kent are regular starters and would normally have featured but we know that they won’t play against the Paisley club.

John Souttar will continue in central defence with questions on who gets the nod in midfield and further forward. This is when the likes of John Lundstram, Glen Kamara, Ianis Hagi, and maybe even the lesser-spotted Rabbi Matondo need to come in and make an impression.

For that quartet, their futures probably lie away from Ibrox but they still have plenty to prove. Where is their hunger and desire to show what they are capable of, in what could well be a shop window situation?

Beale can turn to Scott Arfield if he needs to. The veteran midfielder is a great professional but his time at Ibrox is coming to an end whilst, at the other end of the career spectrum, the likes of Alex Lowry and Zak Lovelace will hopefully be knocking on the door.

Over the remaining seven league games, there should be ample opportunity for glimpses of the best youth prospects because if not now, when?

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