On Steven Gerrard’s arrival, as a priority, he sorted out the Glasgow Rangers defence which was the correct thing to do, but the boss has not prevented his team being beaten by crosses, free kicks and corners.
In yesterday’s semi-final of the BetFred Cup played at Hampden Park, Aberdeen knocked out an average Rangers side by playing even worse. It wasn’t a good advert for Scottish Football on BT Sport 3, which was beamed throughout the country.
The Dons did manage to score from a well taken corner kick that the Rangers defence did not handle well, and it was just enough to win a scrappy game.
The current Aberdeen team are the worst Pittodrie side I have seen in the last six years, but they defended well and scored the only goal from that consistently weak spot in the Rangers team – corner kicks.
The only goal by young Rangers supporter Lewis Ferguson, the son of ex Ranger Derek Ferguson and his uncle, also ex Rangers captain Barry Ferguson, was from yet another corner kick.
Rangers had loads of possession in the game, but were extremely poor in the final third of the pitch again, just as they were against Spartak Moscow in the 0-0 draw last Thursday night.
In this so important week, the players picked the wrong time to produce a dreadful loss of form, and once again James Tavernier and Jon Flanagan were well below par; possibly the two worst players on the park.
It is back to the drawing board for Gerrard, and he must consider playing with three tall centre halves at the back, to stop Rangers consistently losing cheap goals from corner kicks.
The other benefit of three at the back, is that you can start perfecting how to play Alfredo Morelos and Kyle Lafferty up front to produce more firepower for the Rangers attack.
Aberdeen will now face Celtic, the holders of the tournament in the final at Hampden Park in early December. The result is predictably heading in the Hoops’ favour.