Watching Steven Gerrard’s Glasgow Rangers side this season, it is obvious to me that he has to change a few things around to find out his best starting line-up.
Up until now he has been operating with a 4-3-3 system which has worked superbly well in all the European matches so far.
But in the rough and tumble SPFL, they are struggling very badly against almost every team they meet.
Does Gerrard have to change the system of play, or does he choose some different players who are more suited to the hustle and bustle of the Scottish, “get into them mentality”?
Rangers big weakness is the losing of goals from crosses, free kicks and corners that continue to cost them cup losses and league points.
My solution is to play three very tall centre backs at the back
Why? Because so many local sides punt the ball forward high up the park for their forwards to charge and barge into them to put them off their headers, and it often works. Especially with our under performing referees.
In most of the games the two chosen centre halves struggle in those style of ties, so try three and see if it helps to solve the problems and eliminate the goals.
It also adds danger to our opposition with our own corners and free kicks, which are so important in most games nowadays.
Back three: Katic, Goldson, (Worrall or McAuley)
Midfield: Tavernier, Jack, (Barisic or Wallace)
Forwards: Candeias, Morelos, Lafferty, Kent
With this very versatile 3-3-4 line-up, it can be changed in seconds to a more defensive 5-4-1, by tucking the two wing-backs into the back five when the opposition are attacking.
The two wingers drop down to midfield along with Lafferty and you keep Morelos up front, and equally within seconds when Rangers win the ball back, they start launching fast attacks.
A Rangers 11 were picked to play against a Brentford B side at Ibrox Park on Sunday morning, to give some ‘Gers players some much required playing time.
It also allowed Gerrard and his background staff the opportunity to watch them playing and for them to form their opinions on how each player performed.
Rangers ran out 3-2 winners when young Stephen Kelly scored two and then had a penalty well saved later in the match. Young striker Mebude came on as substitute and grabbed a late winning goal to give the Light Blues a well deserved result
It was a mixture of first team squad players and the brilliant younger guys who have been performing well all season.
Rangers XI: Robbie McCrorie; Houston, Katic, McAuley, Wallace; Ross McCrorie, Rossiter (sub Palmer 74); Atakayi, Kelly, Middleton (sub Shiels 65); Dallas (sub Mebude 65)
Subs (not used): Finlayson, McPake, Mayo, McAdams
Seemingly it was an excellent exercise for both clubs, especially when Katic, McAuley, Wallace, McCrorie, Rossiter and Middleton all got more experience of playing on the Ibrox turf.