After upsetting a few sensitive souls (who possibly can’t read) by proposing a possible new XI (which theoretically excluded James Tavernier and Connor Goldson on rotational purposes), we thought we’d wind them up even more by proposing another, only one which this time includes all possible new signings brought in by Steven Gerrard.
After all, that’s six (seven if you include Steven Davis) new signings, and a lot of these guys will expect to play. Plus there are returning fringe players to take into consideration, players whose use will make Rangers feel rather like a completely new XI.
So let Ibrox Noise annoy the illiterate ones again by proposing our latest XI based purely on change:
Ok, we can’t change anything here. McGregor.
Polster, Edmundson, Katic, Barisic.
Polster may well get game time this season, Edmundson will surely expect a few appearances, and is this the season Barisic gets his act together like an effective new signing? Katic or Goldson – but Katic is far more physical and better at brute force defending than Goldson. We expect another body brought in here though.
Davis, Docherty, Aribo.
Davis was stunning over the split (and is ‘technically’ a new signing), Docherty is effectively a brand new player too, and Aribo, well, clearly the lad is going to play.
Jones, Stewart, Ojo.
Jones will be chomping at the bit, and looks like he’ll be first choice anyway with massive doubts now over Ryan Kent’s return, Stewart has been brought in as a Lafferty ‘style’ player but hopefully a more professional one, while Ojo’s prospects look excellent theoretically.
Alnwick, Tavernier, Goldson, Hastie (the only new signing we couldn’t fit in), Jack, Kamara, Morelos, Defoe
No matter what way you turn, this Rangers squad has a tonne of depth.
And just for those easily offended, the above XI isn’t our final choice, neither was the previous one – they’re simply what’s possible with such an extensive level of depth.
But we’re sure certain types will froth at the mouth that we didn’t start Kamara, or that Morelos is on the bench, or that only someone who has no clue about football would select Docherty.
Only someone who has no clue about football would think either of these selections are our final choice!