What can Glasgow Rangers do to improve themselves before the SPFL starts up again?
I would certainly change the way Steven Gerrard lines up his starting XI. All the league managers now know how the Gers will play against them.
I want him to set Rangers up with playing three very tall centre halves for all the away league games. He has time to rehearse all the changes.
Rangers know they have the best goalkeeper in Scotland with Allan McGregor. Does Gerrard know who his best three out of his four centre halves are?
I prefer Connor Goldson and Gareth McAuley playing together, with either Croatian Nikola Katic or Nottingham Forrest loanee, Joe Worrall.
I don’t rate captain James Tavernier as a top-class right-back, but he could become a star attacking right wing-back, displaying his talent in the SPFL.
I’ve liked Borna Barisic immensely since he was outstanding twice against Rangers in the European games. He would be my attacking left-wing-back.
Ross McCrorie, Ryan Jack and Scott Arfield are now established in an impressive midfield unit.
I would give Ryan Kent a free forward role and the one and only Alfredo Morelos at centre forward.
In a 3 – 3 – 3 – 1 hard to beat line up: McGregor, Worrall or Katic, Goldson, McAuley: Tavernier, McCrorie, Barisic: Jack, Arfield, Kent: Morelos.
Subs: Lafferty, Halliday, Worrall or Katic, Middleton, Candeias, Coulibaly, Foderingham
I want to explain the benefits of my tactics.
- Using physically imposing defenders at the back, it should make Rangers so much harder to score free kicks and corners against.
- By playing two very talented wing-backs, they can revert to a back five in a matter of seconds, when the opposition have the ball.
- With one defensive midfielder, you have that extra defending security.
- I would expect Jack, Kent and Arfield to all be working hard in midfield, again when the home team have the ball.
- The plan is to break very quickly as soon as Rangers retrieve the ball, and get up alongside Morelos as quickly as possible to score goals.
I remember when Martin O’Neill used to play three huge players at the back for Celtic, in the old SPL, and Rangers struggled badly to win against those clever tactics.
When the Hoops were awarded free kicks from just inside their own half – O’Neill used to send them all forward to try and score, or at least win the first ball, for others to score.
That Celtic team were a nightmare to play against so – let’s do the same back to them.
With Rangers playing three huge centre backs, plus the likes of McCrorie and Morelos all challenging for the ball in the penalty area, it will cause havoc to most teams defences.
What do you think?
Happy New Year!