Tuesday, 3 March 2020

Is Stevie G set to make big changes?


With such a horrendous performance against Hearts, could Steven Gerrard finally be set to make major changes for tomorrow’s visit of Hamilton?

Rangers’ manager has never been under more pressure than he is now, and after a scathing assessment of the display at Tynecastle, Rangers’ boss could be on the verge of making a lot of changes to the personnel which starts in Govan tomorrow.

The likes of Matt Polster, Nathan Patterson, Jordan Jones, Andy Halliday, Florian Kamberi, Jermain Defoe, Jake Hastie, to name just seven, are possibles to come in, while we wonder if the manager is brave enough to finally ditch the underperformers like Goldson, Tavernier and Aribo. His hand may be forced on Jack, Arfield (injury injury) and Morelos (God knows).

What’s for sure is Rangers cannot go into tomorrow’s fixture with the same pathetic mindset as the squad produced in the cup, and for that to change, major personnel decisions may well be on the horizon.

As things stand, the league is gone, and if it takes a refreshing of the squad to get Rangers back to pre-2020 levels, what is there to lose?

A massive number of the XI have been utterly poor of late, albeit some of them will keep their places on ground of no viable alternative (we only have three CBs fit and McGregor is unlikely to lose his jersey, nor would we really want him to in truth), but Steven Davis is also at risk for a poor 2020, albeit he plays his best when Jack is in, which may not be the case tomorrow.

We wouldn’t even guess the starting XI at Ibrox, but it goes one of several ways:

Gerrard finally grows up and starts dropping the immune players who just aren’t doing it for him. He picks fresh blood and gives other players a chance to impress. And we see how that works out.

Or:

He sticks with the same players, and that goes one of two ways: they finally deliver a performance for him, or it’s more of the same recent rotten displays. If the latter, Gerrard’s job will be on the line, more on his terms of quitting, if his players just won’t play for him. If the former, they may finally have woken up, albeit too late, obviously. After all, they admit they couldn’t handle the pressure but now it’s 'off'.

We’d really like to see a fresh approach, the likes of Polster, Jones, Halliday, and even Jake Hastie, given a chance.

Of course equally we’d love a recall for McCrorie, Murphy and Docherty but we just can’t see that one happening.

Either way, Wednesday is now paradoxically massive for Rangers.

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