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Opinion: Crunch time for Rangers – two men must start vs Braga

Glasgow Rangers fans are worried, disappointed and annoyed about the amount of Steven Gerrard’s off-form players since the turn of 2020.

The start of the year has been disastrous for the Gers’ chances of winning silverware this season, due to the 10 recently-dropped points.

Defeats to Kilmarnock (2-1), Hearts (2-1), coupled with Aberdeen (0-0) and St Johnstone (2-2) draws have decimated the belief of the Rangers fans.

At the same time, Celtic have been relentless at churning out so many wins to enable them to open up a 12-point lead at the top of the SPFL.

If Rangers win their game in hand against Ross County, they will still be nine points behind, and this appears to be insurmountable at this time.

During the January transfer window, Gerrard signed the talented attacking midfielder Ianis Hagi, who is a huge asset, but what is his best position? 

The 21-year-old is the son of world-class Gheorghe Hagi and is on loan from Belgium side Genk.

With Hagi scoring three terrific goals so far, he is turning out to be a key player for Rangers.

Another loanee player Florian Kamberi is starting to impress the Rangers faithful with his excellent substitute appearances in the last three games.

This week is of major importance to the Light Blues because two more defeats would knock them out of the only cup competitions left.

On Wednesday in Portugal, Gerrard’s troops face a good Braga side in the last 32 of the Europa League, with the Gers holding a 3-2 win advantage.

This is followed up with Hearts v Rangers tie on Saturday in Edinburgh for the William Hill Scottish Cup quarter-finals.

Rangers recently lost 2-1 at Tynecastle, therefore the media will build this up as a revenge game, and also by some of the Ibrox club supporters.

The ‘Blue Brigade’ and the management team, will be determined to gain entry into the Hampden Park, semi-finals of the Scottish Cup.

It is crunch time for Gerrard and Rangers’ season hangs in the balance.

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