By Jonty Banks

15th Apr, 2023 | 1:52pm

Fashion Sakala starts, Ryan Kent missing from squad - Rangers confirmed starting XI v St Mirren

Michael Beale has named his Rangers starting line-up for the Scottish Premiership clash against St Mirren at Ibrox on Saturday (15 April).

The Gers will look to return to winning ways a week on from their 3-2 defeat to bitter rivals Celtic, which left Beale’s side a whopping 12 points behind the Hoops.

The club confirmed their starting line-up via Twitter, with Beale making two changes from the Old Firm defeat at Parkhead, with teens such as Bailey Rice on the bench.

John Lundstram comes in to the midfield in place of Ryan Jack, with Nicolas Raskin taking the other midfield berth.

Meanwhile, Fashion Sakala comes into the starting line-up in place of Ryan Kent, who misses out on the squad altogether.

Tough test

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In a week where Rangers sporting director Ross Wilson left his job at Ibrox in place of a fresh role at Premier League strugglers Nottingham Forest, Beale will look to put all the distractions behind him and get his side back to winning ways.

The second consecutive defeat to Ange Postecoglou’s side would have hurt the English manager considering the admirable performance of his team, but the fact they couldn’t get over the finishing line is a little worrying.

Although Beale has captained a strong revival since the departure of Giovanni van Bronckhorst at Ibrox, the pressure may be starting to build on him to deliver the goods in the big matches.

St Mirren may not seem like the toughest game of the season, but they could certainly be a banana skin after consecutive victories matched with clean sheets over Hearts and Livingston.

Considering the ever-growing injury list that Rangers have to deal with and St Mirren’s recent form, this clash could be a lot tighter than expected.

In other Rangers news, eight new signings are on the cards at Ibrox this summer with Wilson now gone.