This article is not for the ‘In Stevie We Trust’ crew, albeit the man has earned that from most of us anyway. By this we mean there are two schools of this group – one which blindly believes in trusting the manager without any question, and it’s ‘all in hand’. The other school trusts him, but is open to positing, discussion, suggestions and criticism.
This article is not for the first group!
For the second group, we wanted to look at some basic changes we’d love to see made, offering our ideas for what they are worth. This is in the response to those who argue critics don’t offer any alternative comments and are just negative.
1: Robby McCrorie is where it begins. Sure, it might not be the big game-changing switch we need, but Gerrard has to start believing in his young stopper. McGregor is coming to the end, McLaughlin is not the future, and the Auchenhowie graduate’s place between the sticks now and then, integrating him into the first team, would go a long way to raising spirits and giving some morale.
2: System change. The 4-3-3 is starting to struggle like it did pre-Covid. We’d suggest building around Joe Aribo again – put him in the 10, and have a two man midfield behind Aribo and two others. Michael Beale explained some time ago how the system had been tweaked for Aribo, but of course he got injured only a few matches into that tweak. And then the system was lost. Try it again.
3: Use Fashion Sakala more. The guy has energy to burn, and while he is still learning the ropes, he wants to try. He’s on record as saying this is where he wants to be, and he’s privileged to be at this club, so let him show us how privileged. We need more of his attitude.
4: Glen Kamara and Steven Davis are running on empty. Time to use them sparingly now, and pray Ryan Jack is back soon. John Lundstram’s role must grow. Jack and Lundstram in a 2? Not bad is it.
5: Swallow your pride and bring Katic back, put Balogun on the right and our Niko on the left. Goldson has gone through the motions all season, while Balogun and Katic would be a hungry defence and give us everything.
6: Trust the youth more – there are some decent young players, Allegria and Kelly notably, obviously Bassey and Patterson too. Give them more minutes and show they’re not wasting their time at Ibrox. They’ve got the talent.
7: Show more energy on the touchline. That’s right Stevie, far too often you look passive and uninvolved on the sideline. Other managers are always so much more animated. You need to show the energy yourself that you want to see in the team.
Yes we know this screams of armchair manager, but having dropped 9 points already this season, almost the same as last season’s total, there is no harm in us fans making suggestions.
Whether Stevie agrees with any is another matter….