Some Rangers fans suggest something radical for Lisbon

Some Rangers fans suggest something radical for Lisbon
TOPSHOT - Rangers' Croatian defender Borna Barisic (L) vies with Newcastle United's English defender Kieran Trippier (R) during the pre-season friendly football match between Rangers and Newcastle United at the Ibrox Stadium, in Glasgow, on July 18, 2023. (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN / AFP) (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP via Getty Images)

With Rangers all out of wingers and desperately low on playmakers, manager Philippe Clement has had some fans urge him to ‘do a Walter’ and try something a bit different tonight in Lisbon as his charges travel to Portugal.

With the quarter finals up for grabs, it’s a big tie for Rangers, and the shocking lack of attacking options has led some fans to suggest something a bit radical, but maybe not that far fetched.

As we count down towards kick off, we are reminded, by Rangers’ dearth of attacking options, of something Walter used to do back in the day, and some fans reckon this could be a stopgap here too.

Waybackwhen, the Grand Old Master and then his successor Ally McCoist had a few injury issues now and then, but an option that both liked was Sasa Papac and Lee Wallace on one side, and Steven Whittaker on the other.

While Wallace didn’t join till after Walter left, the principle was very much his;

Have two defensive flankers on one/each side.

So, in Clement’s Rangers, it would be Dujon Sterling and Borna Barisic at RB and LB respectively, and James Tavernier and Ridvan Yilmaz in attack on those sides.

Interchangeable, swappable, and always seeing there being width and defence on both sides.

So Ridvan and Borna on the left, Dujon and Tav on the right.

It would be very Walter, to start with 6 defenders, but it got us through many scraps back in the day, and Clement knows his players, knows what they have, and this may be a very smart way not only to get around all the injuries, but to give a professional and protective performance in Benfica.

Of course, we’ve offered our predicted XI, we highly doubt we’d see anything like this, but Walter and indeed Ally used to do it, and with us having the players to do so now, this might just be a very valid option for Clement indeed.

Given all the injuries he has.

Worth thinking about.

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