As we alluded to earlier, Steven Gerrard tested out a system of switching Ianis Hagi and Joe Aribo around, and as we know, the Romanian did much better centrally while Aribo struggled wide.
However, there was also another big switch which certainly stood out in the way Rangers played the first half and much of the second:
A major formation change took place at Ibrox yesterday, with the 4-3-3 abandoned for an attempt at 4-2-3-1.
This saw the usual back four, but now with Kamara and Jack sat in front of them, while the attacking creative trident was Kent left Hagi centre and Aribo right, with Morelos up top alone.
Did it work?
The first half was ok, it wasn’t stellar, but it was functional, and Rangers got a reasonably early goal thanks to an OG, but it wasn’t till 69 minutes that a second goal found its way past Alnwick and Rangers could relax a little.
The system looked expressive – Borna Barisic and James Tavernier were the sole providers of width and the cross count was higher in total than any match we can remember for a long time – 27 between the two of them as frankly both FBs played as wingers.
This meant not only did Rangers have the versatility of the trident three, plus Alfredo Morelos doing his thing, but they were flanked by both defenders.
It just meant Rangers had far more attacking clout, and looked more lively and potent.
Unfortunately it’s a work in progress, and it really didn’t yield much reward, with just that OG to show for it.
But the signs were there that it can be used, with Kamara and Jack both having fairly solid matches in the double pivot.
Definitely worth persisting with.