King, Leon Thomas
It was April Fools’ Day a week last Friday but, all jokes aside, Rangers’ season is starting to fall apart and could be all over come next Sunday.
Last weekend, the Light Blues took on bitter rivals and league-leaders Celtic at Ibrox, for a game the home side desperately needed to win.
They couldn’t have hoped for a better start, Aaron Ramsey opening the scoring after just three minutes, but Celtic rallied and left 2-1 winners.
This result moved the Hoops six points clear at the top of the Premiership and that gap could be nine by the time Rangers kick off in Paisley.
Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side didn’t have much time to mull over that defeat, travelling to Estádio Municipal de Braga on Thursday.
This was far a Europa League quarter-final first leg against Braga, in which Rangers’ week went from bad to worse with another defeat.
The Portuguese side scored the night’s only goal just before half time and, in truth, the visitors rarely threatened themselves throughout.
On the other hand, having only lost 1-0 away, Rangers are very much still in that tie with the second leg back in Glasgow to come this midweek.
After that, they’ll face Celtic again, this time at Hampden in the Scottish Cup semi-finals, in another pair of season-defining fixtures.
Before then, can the champions keep alive the flailing title hopes with a victory in Paisley?
As for St Mirren, it’s looking increasingly likely that they won’t be facing Rangers after this weekend’s split following a downturn in form.
Last weekend, they were beaten 4-2 at Motherwell, meaning the Buddies have now only won one of their last six, losing the other five.
After the game, new manager Stephen Robinson exclaimed his side are in a relegation battle with 11th placed St Johnstone just six points behind.
Despite this, the Saints could actually finish in the top six, but would need Saturday’s results to go their way and then win here.
Will Rangers get back to winning ways at the SMISA Stadium?
St Mirren team news
With the champions in town, Stephen Robinson could revert to a back five with Charles Dunne rejoining Joe Shaughnessy and Conor McCarthy at the back.
Former Rangers winger Jordan Jones, currently on loan from Wigan Athletic, could start against his former employers.
Like Jones, striker Eamonn Brophy has scored against Rangers before in famous wins during their time together at Kilmarnock.
He’ll lead the line again, chosen over Alex Greive who bagged his first two international goals for New Zealand during their recent matches.
Rangers team news
Alfredo Morelos’ season appears to be over after he picked up an injury away on international duty with Colombia.
In his absence, Kemar Roofe started against Celtic with Fashion Sakala getting the nod in Braga, but neither offered very much in both fixtures.
Aaron Ramsey, who scored in last Sunday’s Old Firm, then bizarrely didn’t even get off the bench on Thursday.
It’ll be interesting to see, given Rangers’ striker troubles, if he features here or is saved for the second leg.
Leon Balogun hobbled off against Braga so Filip Helander, who’s not in the UEFA squad, seems likely to start here.
Crusaders FC vs St Mirren FC - 0:3
Aberdeen FC vs St Mirren FC - 0:0
St Mirren FC vs Livingston FC - 0:0
St Mirren FC vs FC Dundee - 2:0
St Johnstone FC vs St Mirren FC - 0:1
|Latest match form, last 5 games:||
Glasgow Rangers vs Heart of Midlothian FC - 2:0
Eintracht Frankfurt vs Glasgow Rangers - 1:1
Heart of Midlothian FC vs Glasgow Rangers - 1:3
Glasgow Rangers vs Ross County FC - 4:1
Glasgow Rangers vs Dundee United - 2:0
|June 27, 2022||Club Friendly Games 2022||Crusaders FC||0 - 3||St Mirren FC|
|May 15, 2022||Premiership 21/22||Aberdeen FC||0 - 0||St Mirren FC|
|May 11, 2022||Premiership 21/22||St Mirren FC||0 - 0||Livingston FC|
|May 7, 2022||Premiership 21/22||St Mirren FC||2 - 0||FC Dundee|
|April 30, 2022||Premiership 21/22||St Johnstone FC||0 - 1||St Mirren FC|
|May 21, 2022||Scottish Cup 21/22||Glasgow Rangers||2 - 0||Heart of Midlothian FC|
|May 18, 2022||UEFA Europa League 21/22||Eintracht Frankfurt||1 - 1||Glasgow Rangers|
|May 14, 2022||Premiership 21/22||Heart of Midlothian FC||1 - 3||Glasgow Rangers|
|May 11, 2022||Premiership 21/22||Glasgow Rangers||4 - 1||Ross County FC|
|May 8, 2022||Premiership 21/22||Glasgow Rangers||2 - 0||Dundee United|
|St Mirren FC||Glasgow Rangers|
|10||Shots on goal||106|
|9||Shots off goal||83|
|3%||Average ball possession||28%|
|30||Goals by foot||67|
|0||Shots on post||1|
|0||Shots on bar||2|
|0||Goals by head||10|
|St Mirren FC||Glasgow Rangers|
|0.59||Average Goals Scored||2.2|
|April 10, 2022||Premiership 21/22||St Mirren FC||0 - 4||Glasgow Rangers|
|December 26, 2021||Premiership 21/22||Glasgow Rangers||2 - 0||St Mirren FC|
|October 24, 2021||Premiership 21/22||St Mirren FC||1 - 2||Glasgow Rangers|
|March 6, 2021||Premiership 20/21||Glasgow Rangers||3 - 0||St Mirren FC|
|December 30, 2020||Premiership 20/21||St Mirren FC||0 - 2||Glasgow Rangers|
Scottish Premiership table:
|4||Heart of Midlothian FC||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|9||St Mirren FC||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|10||St Johnstone FC||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|12||Ross County FC||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
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What time is kick off between St Mirren FC vs Glasgow Rangers?
11:00, Sunday 10 April 2022