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Opinion: Gerrard needs to be brave and drop under-performing Rangers men

Since arriving at Ibrox, Steven Gerrard has signed four new centre-backs for the club – Filip Helander, Connor Goldson, Nikola Katic and George Edmundson.

The Gers boss is seemingly adamant that Goldson is his best centre-half at his disposal, and only has to be fit to start.

The former Brighton man does possess passing and leadership qualities, but Rangers fans don’t like his immunity to being benched on the odd occasion, to accommodate others.

Many Gers fans rate Katic’s defending and heading ability much higher than Goldson’s, and are not convinced that Gerrard is always right.

Goldson has made mistakes which have led to Rangers losing league points, but he is still picked to play every single game.

If Katic, Edmundson or Helander are given games and then do anything that costs a goal, Gerrard drops the guilty player.

The Rangers boss prefers the distribution of Goldson in general and he certainly can make the occasional accurate long ball pass – alas not often enough!

Katic is certainly the bravest defender at Rangers, but his performance against St Johnstone was disastrous and his lack of passing prowess is a weakness.

The Croatian should be rested for the Braga game because Katic failed to deal with the long ball for Callum Hendry to score in only eight minutes.

The 22-year-old will almost certainly be replaced by the very promising Edmundson, due to Helander still being unavailable through injury.

The Rangers fans are occasionally annoyed when the manager clearly shows a fair degree of favouritism amongst his players, but all bosses show bias.

The perfect example is £7million Ryan Kent, who is completely off form yet is seldom replaced when having very little impact in certain games.

A poor James Tavernier was continually picked by Gerrard, even when struggling badly during a four-week period earlier this season before his recent operation.

The captain’s form has certainly faded and his replacement Matt Polster delivered the goods when given a chance.

Gerrard has also been more than fair to ex-Liverpool’s Jon Flanagan and Andy Halliday, but a lot less to Polster.

Maybe Gerrard should replace the non-producing players instead of only his favourites?

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