Thursday, 14 June 2018

Remarkable stat shows what Steven Gerrard is taking seriously...



In 24 hours Rangers signed up two badly-needed defenders. How good they will turn out to be, only time will tell, but Brighton fans were mourning the loss of Connor Goldson while you don’t play for Croatia’s senior side if you’re not a half decent stopper.

However, in those 24 (actually 23) hours something else became apparent.

Stevie Ger yesterday spoke of how the defence was a priority, and if we look at the summer signings so far, of all six made, three are defensive.

Gerrard, and Mark Allen, are putting their money where their mouths are and securing the dreadful rearguard. As Gerrard said yesterday, it’s time to walk the walk – and he is doing exactly that.

Rangers fans have waited for signings to shore up the sieve at the back, and in the space of only a month, three signings for the most shoddy part of the team is the proof of the pudding that the club is taking it seriously at long last.

Only Jamie Murphy, Ovie Ejaria and Scott Arfield have not been defensive signings this summer, and that speaks volumes, as do continued links with Fenerbahce’s Martin Skrtel.

There are still even murmurs the Kyle Bartley situation isn’t completely dead either, simply because as good as it is finally getting in defenders, a club the size of Rangers needs two great players for every position. Plus let’s not forget the interest in James Collins and Gareth McAuley.

We now, hopefully, have at least two, but we still need more. Maybe there will be more life in Bruno Alves now, it’s possible. But Gerrard surely isn’t going to put his eggs in that basket.

But nevertheless – in one day the defensive signings became half of all signings Gerrard has made.

We now have a real goalie for the first time since McGregor left, and two (hopefully) fine centre backs.

Work isn’t over yet, but it’s making grand progress.

9 comments:

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    1. Joe, in that case he can coast off to the Middle East or China.
      Coasters need not apply to Ibrox
      RTID

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  2. It’s a great start so far regards the players brought in and obv SG has had his eye on these guys early on..I’d still like big Bartley brought in as that would give the Gaffer the option of 3 CB’s..

    It’s not done yet as more faces still to come in #LetsGo

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  3. Come the End of The Window this should be our Squad :

    Gks -
    McGregor, Alnwick, Young GK(17-20)
    **Sell Foderingham

    RBs -
    Tavernier, Buy No.2 to Tav
    **Sell Hodson

    CBs -
    Collins/McAuley, Goldson, Katic, Bartley, A.Wilson
    **Sell Alves and Cardoso

    LB -
    John, Wallace

    CDM -
    Rossiter, Jack, McCrorie

    RM -
    Candeias, Buy No.2 to DC, Atakayi
    **Sell O'Halloran

    CM/CAMs -
    Dorrans, Windass, Holt,
    Barjonas, Arfield, Docherty, Ejaria, Burt
    **Sell Pena & Halliday
    **Sell Windass if Big Offer

    LMs -
    Murphy, Middleton
    **Sell Forrester

    STs -
    Morelos, McBurnie, ST3,
    (L) - Solanke/Sadiq etc
    **Sell Herrera & Hardie

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    1. Stevo

      By my calculations that is a 31 player squad, which is pretty heavy. Almost two thirds will not get a starting jersey. Makes for an unhappy squad. I would rather see 23-25.
      I do agree with most or all of your individual choicxes, just think compromise will be needed. eg Liverpool RB just released, can cover RB and LB, if his wages aren't too high. CBs, only 1 more in, not 2. What about Rossiter? I would not be unhappy with Wallace and McCrorie added to CB roster. RM, 2 is enough, Candy and Atakayi. CM/CAM Holt is off, I would lose Dorrans as well if we could get an offer. Murphy can play in the hole, Arfield can play left wing. ST, Agreed except ST3 should be a loan(is that what you meant?)

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    2. Yeah, Fair Play ...Probably is a few too many

      No I was Meaning 3 Strikers and a Striker on Loan Mate 🤔⚽💙

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  4. Not Bartley please but there is guy just released by Leicester called Huth who would cost nothing and would do a good job

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    1. Wages of 20 grand upwards for a guy that's done?We can't do that any more.Huth will sign for a lower EPL or Championship team.

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  5. 20 grand aren’t we paying 28 grand to Alves and he was injured half of the time

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