A midfield dream for Rangers when Ridvan returns…

A midfield dream for Rangers when Ridvan returns…
DUNDEE, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Scott Tiffoney of Dundee vies with Dujon Sterling of Rangers during the Cinch Scottish Premiership match between Dundee FC and Rangers FC at Dens Park Stadium on April 17, 2024 in Dundee, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

When Ridvan returns fit again, Rangers manager Philippe Clement has something of a dichotomy, a dilemma if you like.

Rangers are desperate at LB – Dujon Sterling isn’t horrible but it’s never his best slot, and he’s wasted there.

Borna Barisic will leave this summer, his heart and mind elsewhere for a long time now, and for the meantime it’s been Sterling covering the Turk, not the departing Croat.

But when Ridvan is back, what happens with Sterling?

We are crying out for him in midfield, but we must admit Mohamed Diomande’s understated start to life at Rangers exploded with a much, much more prominent performance at Hampden, as he controlled midfield, showed a wonderful touch and turn, and generally demonstrated his true qualities for the first proper time.

We’ve been waiting for him to really impress us, and in the semi-final he properly did.

Now, there’s a bit of adjustment – John Lundstram has not been ‘at it’ in midfield lately, the contract and his future clearly playing on his mind and yet again at Hampden he didn’t really sparkle.

So does this pave the way for a Diomande/Sterling midfield next season?

Lundstram seems very vulnerable to the exit this summer, while Sterling has utterly shone in the middle. But of course Clement seems very, very reluctant to use him there.

Indeed, he’s on record saying Belgian Nico Raskin is struggling to play because of the competition in there, and given the ex-Liege man was expected to be such a big player for the club – hasn’t happened of course.

Could Dio and Sterling be the combo for next season?

The power, pace, and workrate of Sterling next to the panache, control, and forward running of Dio?

Lundstram right now isn’t performing too well but for present Ridvan’s current injury forces the manager’s hand a little and he’s sticking with Sterling there.

But when the Turk is back?

Could be interesting…

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