Steven Gerrard’s Glasgow Rangers side have now developed a real Jekyll and Hyde look about them. The absolutely appalling display in the 1-0 loss at Livingston has to be addressed now.
This poor excuse of a Rangers team was followed up by two huge football results against a very good Rapid Vienna team and an excellent top of the league Hearts, who are there on merit.
The ‘Gers were outstanding in both 3–1 results at Ibrox, and this all came in an amazing eight-day period with more or less the same players.
The fans all hope that it’s only a matter of time until Rangers reach their league summit. But they must start winning away from home, if they have any chance of winning the title this season.
Let’s remind ourselves of the four away league results without a win:
Defeat at Livingston left Rangers without an away league victory under Gerrard.
Aberdeen 1 Rangers 1, Motherwell 3 Rangers 3, Celtic 1 Rangers 0 and Livingston 1 Rangers 0.
How does Gerrard fix the problem?
By changing his and the players’ mindsets. At Ibrox he plays with two wingers and a centre forward and I am suggesting he plays a different, harder to beat line-up of 3-4-2-1.
A couple of different teams to practice with during the next few weeks – and why?
McGregor: (Katic or McAuley), Goldson, Worrall: Tavernier, Coulibaly, Jack, Barisic: Ejaria, Kent: Morelos.
Subs: Fotheringham, Lafferty, Grezda, Middleton, Arfield, Candeias and McCrorie.
Is this the right solution to solve the ongoing problem?
With the above starting XI you have three tall, good in the air defenders, and with two powerful tacklers in the middle of the park. With two overlapping wing-backs supplying the crosses for the onrushing two playing slightly behind the centre forward.
If you don’t give away any stupid goals at the back, you only have to score one goal to win the game. Rangers are still poor at defending cross balls, so this has to be eliminated at all costs.
Subs are also very important in these difficult away games.