Rangers badly need Dujon Sterling in midfield v Celtic

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Rangers badly need Dujon Sterling in midfield v Celtic
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 07: Alistair Johnston of Celtic battles for possession with Dujon Sterling of Rangers during the Cinch Scottish Premiership match between Rangers FC and Celtic FC at Ibrox Stadium on April 07, 2024 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images) (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

As we said before the 3-3, and got ignored, of course, Rangers manager Philippe Clement has no chance of beating Celtic if he keeps on refusing to select the only midfielder we have with any power – Dujon Sterling.

As we’re discussing, Callum McGregor on the opposite side gets his own way far too easily because our midfield gives him time, space, and shows no pressure or power. John Lundstram has been a frequent fail against Celtic.

But the one strong midfield display this season was Sterling v Celtic at Parkhead, and while we still lost, the ramping up of power there was a big reason Rangers’ midfield in that one maybe didn’t drown as badly as it normally does.

Lunny is too slow, and shockingly weak for a supposed hard man, while Diomande is tidy enough but lacks the power in the middle he’ll need against McGregor.

Sterling, however, is Rangers’ only strong and physical midfielder, which is why Clement will select him wide on the wing and leave Rangers’ midfield exposed again.

Barry Ferguson is quite right – we need to stop McGregor, and that’s something we haven’t done in a meaningful match in seasons. Just like we didn’t contain his predecessor Scott Brown either – these guys are today’s Barry Ferguson types, enforcers who can play a bit.

And because of that Celtic get their own way in the middle while yet another wet Rangers manager keeps on putting weaklings in our centre.

Sterling?

We’re not saying he will cause us to win the match, but he’s by a distance our best and strongest midfielder, who can cause Celtic hurt simply by being able to match or even best them in the middle.

Putting Lunny and Dio out there together is pretty much a defeat by default, because they’re not going to stop McGregor, Hatate and O’Riley.

But with him in there? With Sterling in the middle we’ll have a physical presence that can challenge them.

We can’t see Clement doing it, picking Sterling in there, because it would be the sensible thing and we think he’s used up his quota of those by dropping Connor Goldson (don’t believe a word about the injury) so we can’t see the boss doing another one.

But if he does, if he gets over himself and puts Sterling in the middle, it gives Rangers a semblance of a chance.

Will he?

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