Thursday, 10 January 2019

Steven Gerrard confirms potentially big change at Ibrox

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has confirmed there is a very high chance Rangers are switching to a front two following the signing of Jermain Defoe.

As posited by Ibrox Noise some days ago, we acknowledge minimal chance that the new signings, Defoe and Steven Davis especially, would be happy on the bench, and in Defoe’s case the manager has confirmed utter willingness to go two up top in order to accommodate the former Spurs man and existing star striker Alfredo Morelos.

It’s a major potential change at Ibrox, to see a possible 4-4-2 – this would hark back to the 9IAR days and the formation Uncle Walter frequently deployed, but it’s a system which has lost favour in the past decade in preference for the more commonly-used one up front or three-pronged attack.

So with Defoe arriving, we did suggest the new signing would likely be accommodated and quite frankly you don’t sign Jermain Defoe not to use him.

So while Rangers’ management have been disappointed that Morelos has had to take the burden of responsibility for Rangers’ goals, now he will have the help they sought.

The question is who makes way. How does the new striking partnership alter the midfield?

The four in midfield surely have to be Davis, Arfield, Kent and Jack, but then that’s not an especially balanced winger system unless it’s a diamond, and what about Candeias, McCrorie, Grezda et al?

Either way we’re glad it’s Stevie with the problem and not us, but his confirmation of willingness to switch to a two up top (now and then?!) is something we’ll be very interested to see.

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