Steven Gerrard decided on picking three sides of XI men for 30 minutes each in Glasgow Rangers’ first pre-season friendly match against Mansfield Town in the Algarve training camp.
Liverpool loanee Sheyi Ojo scored the first then Greg Docherty scored an excellent goal against Mansfield Town with a very powerful 20-yard shot after beating two men at the edge of the penalty area.
It was a good idea from Gerrard to give players a minimum of 30 minutes to try and impress the coaching staff, to see how everybody performed.
I was hoping that Rangers would have used the opportunity to try playing with three centre-backs, two wing-backs with a holding player, and use three midfielders to support the striker.
If Joe Aribo and Greg Docherty hit the form they showed last season, then I suggest that Gerrard plays them both as often as possible together.
They are full of running, dangerous players who cover so much ground to score and assist with goals for Gerrard’s new Rangers team.
Together they would cause a constant threat to the opposition by working to get the ball back high up the field, and make Rangers a more attacking side.
They are both goalscoring machines who are usually involved with a series of assists, so why not play them in the same explosive team? It’s well worth a try.
Scott Arfield has been away on duty captaining Canada, so he should be given an extra week to 10 days to recuperate from his recent exertions.
Here are the two XIs I’d play against Oxford in the next pre-season game.
First Half 3-4-2-1: McGregor: Goldson, Katic, Edmundson: Tavernier, Jack, Kamara Barisic: Docherty Aribo: Morelos
2nd Half 3-4-2-1: Fotheringham: Polster, Katic, Flanagan: Hastie, McCrorie, Davis, Jones: Ojo, Stewart: Defoe
Look what Docherty contributed to Shrewsbury Town last season. He scored 10 goals and had 11 assists and played consistently well for the team.
Aribo produced a fabulous season for Charlton Athletic that was a major part of them winning promotion to the Championship, by scoring 10 goals and recording five assists.
It should be a no-brainer for Gerrard to try to interact Aribo and Docherty into the one goalscoring machine that the fans are craving for this season.