Monday, 29 April 2019

Has one change changed it all at Ibrox?

When Rangers strolled against Hearts some weeks ago, we were facing a side we’d already dispatched with ease twice in the season. Victory was not assured but it was likely. When Steven Gerrard took his men to Motherwell, to a Fir Park which was in fine fettle and one of the country’s in-form sides, a win was not assured – and yet the side rolled the home side over with total distinction.

When Hearts hosted Rangers at a claustrophobic Tynecastle, Levein’s men had no answers for the arriving juggernaut and Rangers were rampant.

But when Rangers eased their way to a deserved win over Aberdeen, for only the second time this season in the league, something clicked.

That is now four wins in a row, against three quality teams, none of whom have had even remote answers for anything Rangers have thrown at them.

And all because Steven Gerrard changed the formation. He's tried something new, and lost Alfredo Morelos, and made three massive personnel changes as part of the formation which have typified the stunning run of form Rangers are currently on.

As we know the formation is now a simple 4-3-3 – but it’s the bold use of Steven Davis as deep-lying playmaker, Glen Kamara as central mid and Scott Arfield as a right winger which has really seen this new system pay dividends.

While there is an element of freedom for Arfield (who frequently comes central) his main position now is supporting the right side – he is seen constantly hugging the touchline and this new location seems to have got even more out of what was already one of our players of the season.

And in the middle Davis and Kamara look absolutely splendid in the way they are operating now.

Meanwhile Rangers have now beaten, fairly easily, three very solid sides in a row (four matches) in a run which makes the split look a lot less daunting than it did. Sure, a tough trip to Rugby Park awaits, and another Old Firm, but Gerrard’s changes have produced a run of form which has seen the best Rangers side of the season by some distance (more on that later).

And all of this was down to some willing (and enforced) alterations…
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