Some years ago Ibrox Noise discussed the problem of moving on from the Warburton era – the fact this Rangers team had been built with 4-3-3 and a ‘tiki-tika’ style passing game.
It got found out in the SPL, but we posited the fear that a squad built from the ground up to play that way but with insufficient personnel to do so was going to take a hell of a lot of overhauling and time to change.
Remember all that nonsense about possession, and how Rangers would dominate the ball under Warbs but fail to do anything with it?
Right now we’re seeing the same aimless football by Gerrard’s men, a constant inability to get to the metaphorical point and frequent passing to death.
Somehow, Warburton’s imprint on this club can still be felt today, and we continue to play an awful lot of powderpuff passing football which goes nowhere and leaves fans frustrated.
The curiosity is only two of the players in Gerrard’s standard XI were brought in by the Hat, yet the whole team continues to play the same way.
Obviously the team follows Stevie’s instructions, we assume, but we guess the issue is what Steven Gerrard’s Rangers team’s identity actually is.
We even mentioned some weeks ago how we still couldn’t figure out if it’s a 4-2-3-1 or a 4-3-3, and if it’s not overly clear to us by touching on April, there may be an issue with clarity on the players’ parts too.
Whether it’s manager instruction, players not following key commands or players simply not being good enough, Rangers’ ponderance with the ball is a massive reason why current form is so utterly wretched.
Rangers have not won since the 27th of last month against Dundee – and the system has clearly been failing.
The problem is we don’t know what the system is.