Stevie made a big decision in pre-season

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Steven Gerrard has made a clear decision this pre-season, and it would take a blind man in a cave with a bag over his head to struggle to grasp it.

That decision, is his number one starting XI.

McGregor in goals, a back four of Tavernier, Goldson, Edmundson and Barisic, a midfield trio of Kamara, Jack and Aribo, and a trident front of Kent, Morelos and Hagi.

4-3-3.

This has been Gerrard’s image at Rangers, this formation, since day one, and while the players have juggled around, the manager has mostly stuck with this shape of team, and is very much the same system as Brendan Rodgers had at Liverpool and Celtic, and that Jurgen Klopp uses today at Anfield.

Rodgers has changed to a 3-4-3 at Leicester, but the system Gerrard played under the ex-Swansea manager is the one he’s most attuned to, and now he’s seemingly settled on the personnel too.

The only positions of contention are Connor Goldson’s partner and up front. Will Edmundson retain his place once Swede Filip Helander is fully up to pace, and what happens with wantaway Alfredo Morelos?

Otherwise, it looks settled and Gerrard looks happy.

Steven Davis and Scott Arfield appear to have been reduced to fringe men, experienced leaders who can come on and solidify games or drag them back indeed, but the two stormtroopers have been benched it seems. We’ll find out on Saturday if the pre-season tactic there will apply in the real action.

But, as things stand, the personnel starting the past few matches is pretty much Steven Gerrard’s pick for strongest Rangers XI, and while some great players are missing out on a starting jersey, as long as the ones who do get them keep on living up to them, no complaints whatsoever here.

And that’s Stevie’s call.