Glasgow Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has finally admitted that after the signing of Filip Helander, he is considering playing with three centre-halves.
The Gers boss is already a fan of Connor Goldson and he must be impressed by the current form of Nikola Katic.
Recent signing George Edmundson has looked good in Rangers pre-season and has shown excellent pace for a centre-half.
It’s possible that instead of just keeping Edmundson on the bench, he looks to me as if he could easily be used as a strong defensive midfielder.
He is an excellent tackler, good in the air and comfortable on the ball, it’s definitely worth trying in training and bounce games to see if it works.
Example of three at the back line-up for Rangers:
Goldson, Katic, Helander:
Tavernier, Kamara, Jack or Davis, Barisic or Jones:
Candeias or Ojo, Aribo, Arfield,
For Rangers, taking a leaf of the book of a title-winning Celtic side could be in order.
Defensive reinforcements were extremely high on ex-Hoops manager Martin O’Neill’s agenda when he became the boss in 2000.
Celtic were usually second to Rangers in those halcyon days when the Gers could afford to sign top players from throughout the UK.
O’Neill decided he was going to make Celtic secure defensively, and play fast attacking football, to please the fans who were annoyed of the Ibrox success.
The Bhoys boss brought the likes of Joos Valgaeren, Johan Mjallby and Bobo Balde to Parkhead – all physically imposing and lofty central defenders.
O’Neil’s plan of new tactics and a three-man defender worked a treat as Celtic won the treble in his first season and they scored an impressive 97 goals in the process.
Celtic played a 3-1-3-3 line up in season 2000-01 consisting of:
Boyd, Valgaeren, Mjällby:
Agathe, Moravcik, Petrov,
Larsson, Sutton, Thompson
Could this be a blueprint for success in 2019-20 for Rangers, now that roles are reversed?