I am suggesting to Glasgow Rangers manager Steven Gerrard that by choosing to try out a versatile 3-4-1-2 line-up, he should find that his side will be a much more difficult team to beat in the race for the league title.
He has Joe Worrall and Kyle Lafferty desperate to play more games for the Light Blues, and the boss could and should consider starting with both of the 6’ 4” tall players in the same side.
This new way of playing would be very advantageous to Rangers when you consider all the attributes this side could provide. It would help the side win more games, by losing less goals and scoring even more than normal.
It also gives the team more height to defend and score more goals from free kicks and corners, which are vital parts of the game nowadays.
Giant striker Lafferty returned to Rangers this season to give Gerrard more options, but with Alfredo Morelos’ in such scorching scoring form, it has meant the Northern Ireland internationalist has had to settle for 2nd choice.
Speaking about his lack of action, Lafferty admitted Morelos was too good to be dropped, and left him frustrated with his lack of game time.
Worrall is also devastated to find that having been head-hunted by Gerrard to come to Glasgow from Nottingham to play at centre half for Rangers, he finds himself on the bench far too often for his liking.
Lafferty and Worrall are correct with their on-going situation that they are experiencing at Ibrox. My solution would strengthen the Rangers side, and keep both players happy – simple and effective problem solving.
The big Irishman Lafferty alongside Allan McGregor, get what it means to play for the Ibrox club and both are figureheads for this new Rangers side.
SOLUTION TO GERRARD’S STARTING PROBLEM.
Starting X1 in 3-4-1-2: McGregor: Worrall, Goldson, McAuley: Tavernier, Jack, Arfield, Barisic: Grezda or Kent: Morelos, Lafferty.
Subs: Foderingham, Candeias, Ejaria, Coulibaly, Katic, Grezda or Kent, Middleton
With Tavernier and Barisic playing as wing-backs to supply top attacking options and crosses for the two main strikers, Morelos and Lafferty.
Plus the late scoring runs from Arfield and also using Grezda or Kent to capitalize with the service provided by the quality of the balls supplied from both wing-backs.
Having Worrall, Goldson and McAuley in the back three, gives Rangers a much stronger defence than normal, plus the added height to the team for scoring more and losing less goals at the same time.
When Rangers lose the ball, Tavernier and Barisic tuck in and help the defence cope with any of the opponents attacks, coupled with Ryan Jack playing as the holding midfield player, it’s all you need to defend properly.