Friday, 29 June 2018

Steven Gerrard's XI to face Shkupi - five new signings start

With all the latest news and developments over the past few days, Steven Gerrard’s Rangers is starting to take serious shape and increasingly looks ready for the Europa League qualifier next month v Shkupi.

A glut of signings have been completed already, and the influx continues as a possible three more will get secured come the next week, and it’s now time to revisit and review the possible XI that will start on the 12th v the Macedonians.

In goal, it simply has to be McGregor. He’s the best keeper we have bar none.

In defence… this very much depends on the system Stevie wants to play – we won’t get a picture of this till Bury come to town and the experimental friendly v The New Saints, but for now given what we have at our disposal…

A back four of Jon Flanagan, Nikola Katic, Connor Goldson and Declan John.

There is room for manoeuvre here in that Tavernier could start at RB, but we doubt Gerrard brought Flanagan in to sit on the bench. There have been suggestions of Flanagan on the right of a back three, but he’s just not a CB.

Midfield could see James Tavernier alongside Jordan Rossiter and Greg Docherty with Scott Arfield outside them…

While Alfredo Morelos sits behind or alongside new signing Umar Sadiq up front.

And this therefore excludes:

Alnwick, Alves, Candeias, Coulibaly, Ejaria, Jack, McCrorie, Dorrans, Windass to name just 10…

While we are not quite talking a 9IAR Rangers yet, the depth at Gerrard’s disposal is infinitely superior to the garbage Rangers have had in recent seasons.

Central defence and striker maybe aside, each position has two good players available, and that is the way it is supposed to be.

So, an Ibrox Noise XI:

McGregor; Flanagan, Katic, Goldson, John; Tavernier, Rossiter, Docherty, Arfield; Morelos; Sadiq

Time will tell just how good this collection of players really is.

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