Steven Gerrard may have hinted at big changes for Sunday’s visit of Hamilton, after he emphasised ‘individual errors’ having costed his side over the course of notable matches and dropped points in recent months.
After citing matches in which Rangers ‘got nothing’ from the 90 following ‘individual mistakes’, Gerrard appeared to be at pains to hint he may be considering some dramatic upheaval for the arrival of Brian Rice’s men, albeit the New Douglas Park men aren’t exactly the hardest opponent Rangers will have this season.
Nevertheless, Gerrard’s tone following that painful loss to Young Boys appeared to be making explicit reference to those who have made numerous mistakes, and that does point at the likes of Connor Goldson and James Tavernier who could finally see their places in the side at genuine risk for the first time under Stevie’s management.
Rangers of course have a tonne of depth in defence, with ready-made replacements eager to come in and clinch places – Filip Helander is still establishing himself, Niko Katic has seemingly lost his place again, and George Edmundson has been criminally underused, while Matt Polster is available at RB along with the adaptable Jon Flanagan, injury/recovery notwithstanding.
Nevertheless, Thursday’s result in Switzerland may just have given Steven Gerrard the kick up his backside he needed to stop with the favouritism and start selecting the players who have most earned and deserved their places.
Polster and Edmundson especially have waited patiently for their chances – now may be the time to grab it with both hands.