Steven Gerrard has been a relative success at Glasgow Rangers, especially in Europe, but he has just guided his side to win their last two away league games, which could be the start of earning more points on the road.
He’s starting to enjoy some big wins in the SPFL and his team have been extremely effective in the Europa League, apart from the recent 4-3 loss in Russia.
But his side have dropped points in five out of twelve league encounters and were poor in the Betfred semi-final against an average Aberdeen side.
If Rangers are to become proper title contenders they must get enough right results against Glasgow Celtic, Hearts, Kilmarnock and Hibernian in the next five weeks.
I have suggested a change in tactics to make life easier for them to gain more points in the SPFL, by playing three tall, physical centre backs and two wing-backs to try and eliminate losing silly goals.
This system also allows the Light Blues to play two strikers in the same line-up, when using a versatile 3-4-1-2 way of playing.
Example: McGregor: Worrall or Katic, Goldson, McAuley: Tavernier, Jack, Arfield, Barisic: Grezda or Ejaria: Morelos, Lafferty.
When Rangers lose the ball during an attack, Tavernier and Barisic can easily join the back three into a five within seconds, to make it much harder for the opposition to score.
Tavernier and Barisic will also supply top quality crosses into the box for Arfield, Grezda, Morelos and Lafferty to attack the balls.
They will also give the Ibrox club more domination and balance in midfield of the park than they presently possess. Three tall centre backs will give Rangers more firepower at corner kicks and any dead ball situations.
Rangers are the league’s top scorers with thirty-five goals, but they give away too many goals at the back. In certain games a 1-0 win earns you three precious points, and that is the way to win league titles.
Morelos is the leagues top scorer with eight goals and Lafferty, Arfield, Tavernier and Grezda are chipping in with other goals – which is so important for a successful side.
The title run-in and European matches are all coming so quickly together and it is obvious that Rangers will need all of their large first team squad to remain fit and play to form, if Gerrard is to become a winner this year.
The Light Blues have eight league games before the turn of the year and if Gerrard can remain undefeated during that run, he will have achieved something worthwhile.
Since promotion to the SPFL, Rangers haven’t beaten Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic side, but if Gerrard can secure a victory over them on the 29th of December, that will be a major step in the overall recovery plan.
If Gerrard can solve some issues, then maybe Rangers can end this season with some long overdue silverware!