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Opinion: Gerrard needs to trust big-money Rangers man to sort out defensive issues

Glasgow Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has copped and changed in his defence this season – but what is the ideal mix for the Gers at centre-half?

The Gers splashed the cash in the summer to land Filip Helander, who joined Connor Goldson, Nikola Katic and George Edmundson at Ibrox.

While the Swede arrived with a sizeable reputation, he has not always been first choice at Rangers and is currently working his way back to fitness after an injury.

Helander is the most experienced of the Gers centre-halves and has played at a higher level than any of the others. So why does Gerrard not always pick him?

With 95% of Rangers fans conceding the title for this season, it’s time to bring Helander back into the important backline ASAP.

The Gers have to erase easy goals being scored against them. I would like to see our defenders being more physical in the SPFL away games.

Goldson is a better passer than Katic, but the taller Croatian is far superior in the air. He also scores more than the ex-Brighton centre-back.

Alan McGregor is a fabulous shot stopper, but not so good at dealing with crosses, particularly from corners and free kicks, so height is required in the team.

I would love to see Gerrard change his tactics, especially at several SPFL away grounds, in an effort to eliminate avoidable goals against Rangers. 

McGregor in goals, and a back three consisting of Goldson, Katic and Helander.

Gerrard’s midfield consists of good footballers, but they are hopeless at winning the ball back with a strong ball-winner in their ranks.

That’s where Edmundson or Ross McCrorie, who will come back from a loan spell from Portsmouth, could be used as the holding midfielder next season.

If James Tavernier and Borna Barisic stay, they will start as the wing-backs with Nathan Patterson breathing down the captain’s neck. 

Playing in a 3-5-2 system that is adaptable to change would make Rangers a much more solid defensive unit in 2020-21.

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