I am not pleased at Glasgow Rangers manager Steven Gerrard making so many continual changes to his starting X1.

Great managers usually decide on their best team and give those players a proper chance to perform and knit together as a good solid winning unit.

Young Ross McCrorie had hardly played any time in a Rangers jersey this season, yet inexplicably, he is picked to start in Austria for the most important game so far.

McCrorie should have been receiving some decent game time in the SPFL, before pitching him in at the eleventh hour, because Ovie Ejaria was so out of form.

Daniel Candeias was unfairly suspended for the final Europa League tie with Rapid Vienna, and unfortunately, Ryan Kent was still injured.

Yet Gerrard, in a game Rangers had to win to go through, still chose to drop his £2 million Albanian international winger, and picked Lassana Coulibaly instead. What a mistake that was!


Playing Coulibaly in midfield for this match seemed stupid to me, because of very bad recent form since he came back into the Rangers team after injury.

All the fans wanted Coulibaly rested – so – does Gerrard see things that the supporters don’t?

Changing the back four on a regular basis doesn’t make much sense to me either. Connor Goldson started the season in tremendous form and Nikola Katic was doing a sterling job beside him.

Gerrard was determined to bring in young centre half Joe Worrall, from Nottingham Forest, but all it has achieved is upset Katic and the back four. 

I apologize for too much criticism, but I am giving you my honest opinions, and I know Gerrard had to try something after the last two abysmal SPFL results.

If I was Kyle Lafferty, I would be livid at the boss for not playing two up front when you have two internationalists to play together. 

Gerrard signs four tall centre halves and two quality forwards, so what does he do? He plays two defenders and one forward – utter rubbish decision.

If you want to win the league title, you change the tactics to 3-4-3 and really go for it.

Rangers should play three out of these four centre halves: 

Katic or Worrall, Goldson and Gareth McAuley

Play with two wing backs and two midfield players – example:

James Taverner, Ryan Jack, Scott Arfield and Borna Barisic

Pick two strikers and one winger/forward – example:

Daniel Candeias or Eros Grezda or Glenn Middleton 

+ Alfredo Morelos and Kyle Lafferty


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