Glasgow Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has received mixed news this week from the international break, which is always a worry for all bosses and their coaching staff.
The Gers boss has recently added another two signings to give him extra cover for the Europa Group stages, and both of them are centre-halves.
Joe Worrall is on a-season-long-loan-deal to Rangers from Nottingham Forest, and Northern Irish centre half Gareth McAuley is on a-one-year free transfer deal.
The manager felt that he required more options on the bench for Rangers’ crammed fixture list, which includes BetFred Cup, League and Europa games, all piling up every week.
In the recent loss to Celtic, the Ibrox club only used two substitutes, which may have alerted Gerrard to the obvious problem of, not enough cover in some positions.
Jordan Rossiter, Lassana Coulibaly, Kyle Lafferty and Eros Grezda are in light training, and will start playing fairly soon. This Saturday’s home game against Dundee maybe too soon for them.
Another terrific Rangers acquisition who was signed on the last day, is Albanian internationalist Grezda who can cover three positions. Right or left wing, plus through the middle if required.
I have high hopes that when Grezda and Coulibaly are both fully match-fit, Rangers will be far stronger and quicker to turn defence into a highly profitable attacking force.
If Kyle Lafferty is not fully fit, will Gerrard pair up Umar Sadiq with Alfredo Morelos for the Ibrox game this Saturday against the bottom team in the league?
Rangers are seventh in the SPFL with only one win, two draws and the one defeat of the season to a very good Celtic team. They simply cannot afford many more slip-ups, especially this week.
If their international standard players begin to gel effectively, they have to put a good league run together to reach or overtake Hearts and Celtic, if they have any chance of winning the title.