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Identifying The 3 Players Who Have Stood Out In A Crowd For Steven Gerrard’s Rangers This Season

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Premiership giants Rangers currently find themselves sitting pretty at the top of the league table, with Old Firm rivals Celtic quite away behind them in second place. Although there is still a large chunk of the season to play out, if the campaign so far is anything to go by, then Steven Gerrard’s men will likely coast to the title. Not only would this be a monstrous achievement for Gerrard and the boys, but it will also come as a massive blow to Celtic’s ambitions to remain the biggest club in Scotland. The gap between the two clubs is now 11 points, and that figure alone is sure to be filling this Rangers squad with a lot of confidence.

Picking out 3 Rangers players who stand out ahead of the rest was never going to be an easy task on paper, but upon closer inspection, it becomes clear that three names have performed head and shoulders above the rest. As good as the likes of Alfredo Morelos, Scott Arfield and Kemar Roofe have been in chunks, these three players have ensured that Celtic have been kept at arm’s length since the start of the campaign. Whether or not they’re able to maintain this high level of form until the end of the season remains to be seen, but taking into account what has been on display so far, it’s only fair to pick them out from the bunch.

How Have Rangers Performed So Far This Season?

The amount of tactical work that has been covered in the background by Steven Gerrard’s backroom team is nothing short of commendable. While their offensive and defence records are both worth marvelling at, the biggest feature of this Rangers team’s current season is that they are yet to lose a single match. This stat isn’t just valid for the Premiership either, as they are yet to be beaten by any team, across any of the competitions they’re involved in, including the Europa League. In terms of league football, the Gers have conceded a total of three goals all season, while scoring 41 from their 15 matches so far.

Picking Out 3 Rangers Players Who Stand Out Ahead Of The Rest - Goldson celebrates
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – OCTOBER 17: Connor Goldson of Rangers celebrates after scoring his team’s first goal during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and Rangers at Celtic Park on October 17, 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Picking Out 3 Rangers Players Who Stand Out Ahead Of The Rest:

James Tavernier

The skipper has undoubtedly been the team’s driving force across both the defensive as well as offensive aspects of the game. The Englishman has been nothing short of a brick wall at the back at times, often seen running up and down the pitch to ensure that he always provides himself as a passing option. As good as his defensive work has been though, it must be taken into account that his attacking play this season has been out of this world. The 29-year-old has notched up an almost unbelievable 14 goals and 10 assists across all competitions in the campaign so far, making him, far and away, their most influential player.

Connor Goldson

Another Englishman who makes this list is giant centre-half Connor Goldson, who has very much been their defensive anchor. The 27-year-old has been a perpetual rock at the back for the league leaders all season, and his consistent performances have earned plaudits from all over the world. Goldson deserves massive credit for the Gers’ exemplary defensive record in the league this term, in that the way he seems to dominate the box is unprecedented. Not only has he dealt with most aerial crosses that have been played into the box, but the number of last-ditch tackles and clearances he has made are unbelievable as well.

Ryan Kent

The list of Rangers’ three most influential players this season is topped off by yet another Englishman. Former Liverpool attacker Ryan Kent has been Steven Gerrard’s only regular in the attack-line, with the likes of Alfredo Morelos, Kemar Roofe, Cédric Itten, Ianis Hagi, Brandon Barker and Joe Aribo all vying for the two remaining roles. The attacker’s direct approach to the game has been a breath of fresh air in the final third, in that he isn’t afraid to take on an opposition defender, irrespective of the situation of the fixture. Kent’s ability to get past players and find his way into the box has been key to their attacking play this season, and his impact on the performances just cannot be underplayed.

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