Steven Gerrard may have to change his tactics to improve Glasgow Rangers’ chances of winning some silverware this season. 

He may also have to decide on nine of the 11 starters and stick with them to give the Gers contingent the chance to gel better than the last couple of matches.

I am desperate for Gerrard to change from his usual 4-3-3 Rangers line-up to a very flexible and fast changing 2-1-3-3-1, and it was a missed opportunity not to try anything new, with so many pre-season friendlies played. 

As such, here’s the starting XI I’d like to see take to the field against Kilmarnock.


                                 Katic                          Helander 


            Tavernier                       Davis                      Jones             

                        Ojo                      Aribo             Arfield        


Subs: Goldson, Halliday, Kamala, Jack, Firth, Defoe, Docherty

Out of Rangers’ four centre-halves, Connor Goldson is my least favourite, and the other three have a better long-term future at Ibrox.

Watch Goldson closely and you will see that he is not brave enough for Rangers in the SPFL. He is not prepared to put his body where it hurts.

Whereas Nikola Katic is only 22, fabulous in the air, brave and getting much better all the time, while he also scores goals from corners and free kicks.

Has Gerrard signed any real top-quality players during this transfer period? Not yet, but there is still three weeks to go before it closes.

George Edmundson for £650K from Oldham Athletic is an excellent piece of business, especially as he is only 21, fast, and is a very good passer.

Gerrard could also play Edmundson as a holding midfield player, in the same way he changed Ross McCrorie from centre-half to midfield.

Filip Helander, the Swedish left-sided centre-half signed from Bologna, has probably the best pedigree out of them all. £3m is a low transfer amount for a player with 10 international appearances under his belt.

Landing Jordan Jones from Kilmarnock on a free transfer is tremendous business, but will he set the heather on fire at Ibrox? He has made a decent start and is tactically aware, and could fit in the starting XI at left-wing-back ahead of Borna Barisic.

Right winger Jake Hastie has just turned 20 and maybe put out on a year-long-loan-deal. He has terrific promise, but Gerrard has decided he’s not ready for the first team this season.

Versatile forward or midfielder Greg Stewart can play anywhere in the forward line, a smart move by Rangers to acquire his talent for free.

Right winger Sheyi Ojo is on a one-year loan deal from Liverpool and has made a really great start to his new life in Glasgow.

Jamie Murphy has recovered from his long-term cruciate knee injury and Greg Docherty is back from his year loan at Shrewsbury.

With Rangers to start their campaign at Rugby Park, Gerrard clearly has no shortage of options when it comes to selection.


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