Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Is Graeme Murty ready to make a major change?

If one thing stood out about the losses to Celtic and Kilmarnock, it was Rangers’ complete lack of versatility.

Graeme Murty has stood adroitly behind his 4-2-3-1 formation with the only exception being the midfield diamond at Ayr away in the cup – and that one, oddly enough, yielded the highest scoreline Rangers have managed in a long time.

But otherwise it’s been Murty’s favourite shape Rangers have stuck to, and while we have seen mostly stunning displays from a great number of players like Murphy, Docherty, Windass and Cummings, the losses recently do argue a case for major flexibility.

Rangers have the squad to change shape. They have the players for a lot of different formations. And if the Celtic and Killie results are an omen, opposing teams may have caught on to how Murty sets out.

This happened in 2015 under Warburton – his favoured 4-3-3 formation had rampaged from July to September, but an innocuous trip to the-then Cheaper Insurance Direct Stadium to face Dumbarton was his undoing, and the home side had the number of their visitors. We won, but barely. A few days later Tommy Wright’s St Johnstone came to Ibrox, and, well, the rest as they say is history.

Murty must learn from those kind of mistakes, from relying on a system which may now be vulnerable. There is nothing wrong with 4-2-3-1, but there is something wrong with never altering from it unless trying to win the game with 20 minutes to go.

Rangers have 4-4-2 (flat), 4-4-2 (diamond), 4-1-4-1 etc etc in their locker. Three at the back isn’t feasible at this moment in time due to the poverty of centre halves.

But there are many formations possible in front of a back four, and if Murty has learned from Celtic and Killie, he knows variation is going to become key.

Not being flexible was a major cause of Mark Warburton’s undoing at both Rangers and then Forest – if Murty is to make a fist of this job, he will need to employ different systems.


  1. Agreed. We have the players, let's mix it up depending on circumstances

  2. How many times do we have to play this Movie...he simply hasn't got it in his locker when to change tactics when things aren't going our way or even worse when another team/them go down to 10 men and then lose again at home the following week,and yes the players also have to take responsibility as well, but listen guys we have to stop making excuses and that if he does something different that things may change for the better as time goes on,we simply dont have the time with murty in charge and the Board need to get their finger out and get someone else more qualified for next season and that's even if we were to win the cup game against Them.....watp Helicopter 2005

    PS. Just to make things clear,I don't have anything against murty as he conducts himself well and seems like a genuine nice guy,but I want to support a manager who I feel will take our Great club Forward and for me he's not the man and its time for the Board to sort this out asap or give the Reigns to someone who will?

  3. my god....yees couldnae mix up ah pair of twins if yous tried........your whole squad is a mix up but yous seem to think that there are world beaters in same pour your undying loyalty to "" the doc""still laughing like fuq here by the way on that one.........giggle giggle....your team is bloated to the point of no make a fist of it you would need to get rid of almost every player apart from mcrorie....good player if played in his position the rest to my mind are not scootish top flight material

    1. R u related to BABBA The Elephant..... Helicopter 2005 watp ��

    2. I really don't know how to respond to you - I don't speak illiterate moron.
      Somewhere, your village is missing its idiot. Go home, they will lift your stone to let you crawl back under it.

  4. Totally agree. Although I think could be perfect for Motherwell away. But I agree we need to be able to change and quickly when required. I'd definitely be going 442 at home against everyone. I've said before on here I loved to see Advocaat leaving the directors box and appear on the touchline to make a tactical change within the 1st 10 minutes!

  5. He Wont Change It 😑👎💙


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