Alex Rae reckons Rangers are going to change formation

Alex Rae reckons Rangers are going to change formation
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 27: St Mirren Manager Alex Rae looks on during the Scottish Championship match between Rangers and St. Mirren at Ibrox Stadium on February 27, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty images)

Former Rangers star Alex Rae reckons Ibrox fans are in for a treat with manager Michael Beale’s summer rebuild and is excited to see what system the manager picks with all the new additions.

Speaking to Legal Sports and Ibrox Noise, Rae hints the age of the side was being massively reduced too, as Ibrox Noise suggested some weeks ago.

He said:

“There is a real excitement among the fans – a real optimism. I’m really encouraged by what has been happening. Michael Beale had to move fast with so many players going out the door and he has done exactly that. He clearly targeted these players in advance and he has done some fantastic business. He’s also bringing in younger players when you consider Lammers, Dowell, Sterling and Abdallah Sima are all under 26 – just like Todd Cantwell and Nico Raskin who came in January. So, they can be developed too and you have the experience of Dessers who is 28 and Jack Butland at 30. We all know the impact that Cantwell and Raskin had and I think the Rangers fans are looking for the same from the new signings.”

On the new system he added:

“I will be fascinated to see what system Michael will play. I think he has real flexibility now with the players he has brought in – especially middle to front. You’d imagine Dessers will be the No9 and then Lammers could be close to him and Sima can play either side. Dessers can score with both feet and lays the ball off well so I think he can be a real focal point. And then you’ve got Kemar Roofe who, when fit, I think is easily one of the best strikers in the league. He’s crafty and puts in a very good shift. In the middle of the park you’ve got Cantwell who can play in the attacking role and as things stand you’ve got Nico Raskin and Ryan Jack holding but we expect that Jose Cifuentes is coming and, of course, John Lundstram is there too. You’ve also got Tom Lawrence to come back as well so there is great strength now and that was what was missing.”

Hard to disagree with much of that. Rangers lacked options on the bench and the true strength of a side is what is sitting on the sidelines ready to make a difference when used, and Rangers have a lot of that now.

4-2-3-1? Xmas tree? Diamond formation.

Lots to ponder!

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