For some reason Glasgow Rangers manager Steven Gerrard wants Joe Worrall’s loan deal completed today or tomorrow, with the Daily Mail stating the defender’s medical is set to take place imminently.
Does this mean the Gers boss wants the Nottingham Forest centre-back with the rest of the squad in Russia?
Gerrard is probably more keen than ever to reinforce, having suffered the poor display from his normally reliable Rangers defence against the boisterous and over-enthusiastic Motherwell attackers.
The referee didn’t help the Gers by allowing their bullish behaviour go unpunished for too long.
However, Gerrard had already identified his target before that match, and Aitor Karanka was insistent that whoever Worrall signed for, would have to play the defender in enough first team games to merit the move – it appears Rangers will have given this guarantee.
Does this mean that Gerrard will play all three centre-backs?
Yes, is the short answer, and let me explain why. Connor Goldson is 6’ 3” and Nikola Katic is an inch taller – by introducing 6’4” Joe Worrall to the Rangers backline, Gerrard has the height he wants to eliminate the cross ball weakness in his side.
James Tavernier and Borna Barisic will be his first choice wing-backs and this also lends itself to allowing Alfredo Morelos and Kyle Lafferty to add height to the Rangers attack. They will form a formidable pairing, with another 6’ 4” attacker Umar Sadiq to come on as substitute.
Gerrard’s only dilemma…
What three Rangers midfield players do you start with from: Ryan Jack, Lassana Coulibaly, Scott Arfield, Ovie Ejaria, Ryan Kent, Daniel Candeias, Andy Halliday, Jordan Rossiter and Glenn Middleton.
My choice is: Coulibaly and Arfield when they are both fit and Jack or Ejaria for the third place.
This enables Gerrard to change his undefeated line-up from a 4-3-3 to a 5-3-2 formation
Will this Sunday’s first Old Firm clash of the season come too quickly for Rangers boss Gerrard to change it, or will he wait until they have mastered the new experiment on the training field?
How much game-time has Worrall been promised and who makes way?