By Daniel Feliciano

15th Sep, 2023 | 6:40pm

Sam Lammers and Jose Cifuentes to start as Todd Cantwell ruled out - Rangers predicted XI v St Johnstone

Michael Beale is likely to make at least three changes to his Rangers starting lineup to face St Johnstone on Saturday after his team news update.

The boss revealed that Todd Cantwell and summer signing Kieran Dowell will both miss the game with knee injuries, as the Gers look to get off a two-game losing streak after the losses to PSV and Celtic before the international break.

Now Beale must find a solution with his starting lineup to be able to get a positive result and relieve some of the pressure on him, starting at McDiarmid Park.

Jack Butland is fit and in good form despite recent results and he will start in goal once again, cementing himself as the Ibrox number one.

In defence James Tavernier will continue at right-back as the captain while Borna Barisic should be fit to return to the side after missing the loss at Celtic, having featured for Croatia during the international break.

Connor Goldson should continue in the middle alongside John Souttar, with Ben Davies fit again and ready to compete for a spot.

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Ryan Jack is a favourite of Beale’s in the holding role and is likely to keep his place in the team at the base of the diamond, with young duo Nicolas Raskin and Jose Cifuentes looking to build a partnership together slightly ahead with their box-to-box qualities.

With no Cantwell or Dowell to play in the number ten role the chances are that summer signing Sam Lammers will get the nod and come back into the side, with his best performances coming in that position since his transfer.

Cyriel Dessers is yet to really hit the ground running since his summer move to Ibrox but he seems to be Beale’s preferred option up front and is likely to continue in that role once again here.

That leaves Rabbi Matondo, Abdallah Sima, Danilo and Kemar Roofe competing for the final spot but the Jamaica international got the nod at Celtic and had a goal wrongly disallowed after his goal the week before, so he deserves to keep his place in the side.

In other Rangers news, Beale confirms first-team duo “in a brace” and won’t play again this month.