Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Is Steven Gerrard making Rangers great again?

Article by: Richard

It’s his first management job apart from coaching Liverpool’s U18’s, but Steven Gerrard knows how to fix the gap that developed in 2012, between Celtic and a skint, underperforming Rangers.

The world class football legend has been working tirelessly since joining Rangers and is totally dedicated to becoming a management success at Ibrox.

He has already brought in seven players since taking over the job. Keeper Alan McGregor, versatile midfielder Scott Arfield, centre back Connor Goldson, central defender Nikola Katic, full back Jon Flanagan, winger Jamie Murphy plus loan signing midfielder Ovie Ejaria. with the promise of more players still to arrive at Ibrox.

If he has a chance of succeeding with the difficult task of turning his Rangers team into league or cup winners, he must prioritise the weaknesses he found during his studying of many of last season’s Rangers performances.

He saw that Celtic had superior fitness over other SPL teams, and that was imperative to them dominating the league in recent years.

Gerrard has made it crystal clear to his squad that they must be prepared to press the opposition continuously until they win the ball back. To attain his intentions correctly, all his players must be fit enough to be able to deliver these tactics.

And that’s exactly what Gerrard is looking for, once his exhaustive pre-season training is over and why he took his players to Malaga to improve their fitness levels ahead of the new season.

Gerrard couldn’t help but notice the defence was letting the team down in most games, due to their obvious defensive deficiencies. Again, a situation which he is resolving.

Signing Connor Goldson and Nikola Katic, two tall central defenders, became one of his priorities and were both identified by Gerrard as his main defensive targets in late May. He also brought versatile full back Jon Flanagan to make the defence even stronger.

The amount of deadwood players who still remain under contract to Rangers is mainly due to our previous managers’ relatively poor signing choices during their various transfer periods. Stevie and his background staff are also working their way through this other problem.

Gerrard has stated that he will not continue playing the same way against every team they meet.
Frankly, this has been glaringly obvious for several seasons and thankfully he is addressing the issue.

Encountering Celtic, Aberdeen, Hibernian and Hearts away from home should be the most difficult encounters we will meet this season and a new, positive defence is just part of the reinvention of the team. He will also pick stronger, faster and fitter midfield battlers for these special occasions.

Gerrard will want to pick a very difficult team to beat and more importantly, one that can also win these games.

Let’s hope his new team will compete, scrap and fight for every loose ball during every match, and return Rangers to our former glory.

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