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ST JOHNSTONE v RANGERS UPDATE

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LIAM CRAIG has returned to the St Johnstone squad for the visit of Rangers for tomorrow’s 1.30pm kick-off.

The midfielder missed the Ross County game with a knock, but has been given the go-ahead to prepare for the Gers encounter. His sidekick Murray Davidson, though, remains on the sidelines.

Steven Gerrard will be without the services of left-back Borna Barisic. The Croatian defender came back into the side for the dramatic 3-2 comeback win in the 3-2 Europa League thriller against Braga at Ibrox on Thursday.

However, he suffered a fresh blow to the kidney and will sit out the visit to Perth.

On the plus side for Gerrard, Scotland international Ryan Jack returns from a European suspension, but long-term crocks Jermain Defoe and Filip Helander are still out.

The Ibrox boss is likely to field on-loan Romanian Ianis Hagi, who claimed two goals against the Portuguese side to set up an intriguing second leg on Wednesday.

Gerrard told BBC Scotland: “Ianis Hagi is an outstanding talent. He’s got fight in him. It’s not just talent, it’s fight. He wants to win. It was him who provided the magic [on Thursday and spark to get us back into the game.”

Saints gaffer Tommy Wright added: “The run we have been on has been pretty good. The quality of performances have been good, but each game puts up a different challenge and Rangers put up another different challenge and some will argue a harder challenge.

“So, we have to be ready for that.”

Top scorer Alfredo Morelos fired blanks against Braga, but he probably rates the encounter against the Perth outfit as a lucky omen.

The controversial Colombian has scored six goals in his last five league appearances against them, more than he has against any other team in the Premiership.

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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