Antonio Colak to make first start since April after Michael Beale update - Rangers predicted XI v St Mirren
Michael Beale could be set to make some changes to his Rangers side for their final Scottish Premiership game of the season against St Mirren on Saturday.
Both sides have nothing to play for in the 12:30 kick-off at the Paisley 2021 Stadium, but manager Beale has already indicated that he wants to see out the season with a strong performance and win after the midweek 2-2 draw with Hearts at Ibrox.
And after his press conference on Friday revealed the team news for the game, it seems likely that he could make some changes to his team for the final game to ensure that is the case.
Allan McGregor was given a farewell at Ibrox in midweek from the start in what will be his final appearance for the club, with Robby McCrorie deserving of another start between the sticks after his end of season form.
James Tavernier is going to end the season as the Rangers player with the most appearances, most goals and most assists and he’ll see the campaign out with another start at right-back.
Leon King and John Souttar have been together in the middle in recent weeks with Connor Goldson and Ben Davies injured so that is likely to continue, but Borna Barisic should come back into the side at left-back ahead of Ridvan Yilmaz to get one more appearance in for the season.
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Nicolas Raskin is the first pick in central midfield these days and the biggest question is who will partner him, and it’s likely to be John Lundstram on this occasion with his ability to slot in as a third centre-back praised by Beale.
Youngster Bailey Rice is going to be in the squad for the game, but is likely to start on the bench and come on in the latter stages.
Further forward Ianis Hagi got a goal in his last appearance but was then left on the bench against Hearts, so the Romanian should come back into the side in his favoured number ten role.
Todd Cantwell is the new main man in the front line and may find his starting role out wide, but he will be given full freedom to float around the pitch and create danger wherever he goes.
The pace of Rabbi Matondo has been impressive in recent opportunities afforded to him by Beale and he should continue on the left as he continues to battle for his place at Ibrox for next season.
Up front Alfredo Morelos’ Rangers career is over and while Fashion Sakala has performed well, Antonio Colak is fit enough to play and should get the nod to make a final appearance of the season.
In other Rangers news, Beale has confirmed two players will feature against St Mirren.