After the high of Sunday, it's back down to business for Rangers as they aim to close the gap at the top of the Premiership table when St Johnstone visit Ibrox.

A victory for Philippe Clement's men would see Rangers go to within two points of the league leaders.

It's the first of five matches before the winter break and with that in mind, how are Rangers likely to line up?

Our writers select their starting XIs.

Chris Jack

They say that it is hard to change a winning team. The temptation must be there for Philippe Clement to go with the same again, but the Belgian must be mindful of the schedule that Rangers are in the middle of right now.

To that end, a return for Ben Davies perhaps makes sense. The defender played his part in Seville last midweek before dropping out as Leon Balogun was preferred at Hampden. With Fir Park to come at the weekend, the visit of St Johnstone looks like a chance to give Balogun a rest and ensure he is fit for what is ahead. It would be a bigger call to withdraw Connor Goldson, but it could not be ruled out.

The likes of Todd Cantwell and Ross McCausland could also find their positions under threat for the same reason. If they are, then Sam Lammers and Rabbi Matondo look like the most likely replacements.

This is a game that Rangers simply must win, however. It is not a night for Clement to be taking risks with his selection. Start the main men, get the game won and then consider resting them should the situation allow.

Predicted line-up: Butland, Tavernier, Goldson, Davies, Barisic, Lundstram, Sterling, McCausland, Cantwell, Sima, Dessers.

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Derek Clark

It was interesting hearing the manager stating he will be thinking about the games ahead of Rangers when selecting his starting XI for this match.

From Sunday, don't expect too many changes. We may see an alteration being made in the backline with the lush Ibrox surface suiting Ben Davies more than what the boggy Hampden turf would have. It may be the right game to rest Leon Balogun with one eye on Sunday and the trip to Fir Park.

In midfield, with no Ryan Jack or Jose Cifuentes to call upon, Dujon Sterling deserves to keep his place. He should retain his starting spot anyway even if those two were available such has been his impressive displays of late.

Up front, with the manager stating Kemar Roofe isn't fit enough to play 90 minutes but it's his choice whether he starts or not then that is the one position that is up for debate. It would be tempting to start the Jamaican international with the view of bringing Cyriel Dessers on at some point in the second half.

Predicted line-up: Butland, Tavernier, Goldson, Davies, Barisic, Lundstram, Sterling, Sima, Cantwell, McCausland, Roofe.
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