Goldson at RB? Rangers with surprise defensive crisis

Goldson at RB? Rangers with surprise defensive crisis
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 03: Connor Goldson of Rangers celebrates after scoring their team's first goal during the UEFA Europa League Group D stage match between Rangers and Standard Liege at Ibrox Stadium on December 03, 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Steven Gerrard has something of a surprise defensive crisis going into the next two fixtures, as we alluded to earlier on.

Leon Balogun has picked up an injury in training, laying him out potentially for the season, James Tavernier’s recovery is coming along but his chances of making Celtic are borderline nil and St Johnstone only slim, while Nathan Patterson will be available for the weekend but his ban will almost certainly begin in Perth.

Meaning Rangers could travel to meet Callum Davidson’s side without a single RB in the entire senior squad, or even a flexible CB who can fill in there.

Of course it’s not the end of the world, it’s only the split and the league is won, but the manager definitely would rather have options on the right rather than literally no one.

In terms of deputising, the only real option would be putting Connor Goldson out there – he’s comfortable with his feet, and can get forward, but RB is definitely not his forte.

But if he goes out wide, then centrally Rangers are down to just Filip Helander and Jack Simpson as the only available CBs, unless we count Calvin Bassey and Leon King.

Could Bassey fill in at RB if need be?!

It’s certainly resource-stretching at its finest and we’re sure Stevie will be able to conjure something that works.

But it won’t be easy, and we’re just glad this stuff has happened after 55 was secured.

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  1. If Nathan Patterson is serving a covid suspension then Calvin Bassey will be too. He was at the same house party as Patterson!!

  2. Maybe Stevie should look at 3 at the back again with Goldson, Helander and Simpson. We could then push Barisic forward one into a middle 4 with one eye on the full back slot. Kamara would be more than capable of doing likewise on the right. You wouldn’t be asking anyone to do anything too unusual and still have plenty of attacking intent.

  3. It’s all very football manager but I’d try out Aribo at Right Back. Gerrard has said previously he can play anywhere on the park and with Goldson marshalling him I recon he could be a decent stop gap for a game or two.

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