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Picking 1 Position In The Rangers Team Where Gerrard Could Do With Reinforcements This Season

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Premiership giants Rangers have been in blistering form since the start of the season, and manager Steven Gerrard deserves massive amounts of credit for what he’s already achieved this season. Despite having played 16 matches in the Scottish top-flight so far, and having already secured progress into the knockout stages of the Europa League as well, the Gers are yet to lose a single fixture. With not even one defeat on the board so far, the manager will be eager to keep that run going, and if they’re able to do so, it will almost certainly result in them beating Celtic to the league title.

They have managed to create a massive gap between themselves and Celtic atop the Premiership table, with the distance between the two sides now sitting at 13 points, and seemingly growing every week. The Ibrox club have only conceded three goals in the league so far this campaign, and their level of comfort manoeuvring the other Premiership teams has been increasing week after week. The 8-0 thrashing of Hamilton a few weeks ago must be perceived as a clear statement of their intent this season, and anything less than a clean sheet seems unacceptable from Gerrard’s men right now.

What Is Rangers’ Current Squad Situation?

The Ibrox club have been the team to the beat in Scottish football this season, and a lot of that is down to the brilliant football they’ve produced all over the pitch. With the likes of Leon Balogun and Connor Goldson seemingly defending for their lives, and Alfredo Morelos and Kemar Roofe splitting all the goals between them, saying that things have been going well for them would only be an understatement. In midfield too, the likes of Steven Davis, Glen Kamara and Scott Arfield have all come to the fore this season, leaving Gerrard is an extremely comfortable position in terms of squad selection.

Here Is The 1 Position Where Gerrard’s Rangers Need Reinforcements:

The 1 Position Where Gerrard’s Rangers Need Reinforcements

If there is one position on the pitch that Steven Gerrard will be eager to find reinforcements for, then it would have to be on the flanks. Although the Ibrox club have four wingers to choose from in the role, it must be conceded that Ryan Kent remains their only realistic option. The Englishman has been nothing short of a sensation since the start of the season, and his influence on this Gers team’s attacking play cannot be underplayed either. The sheer drive and directness that he brings to the table are both unmatched by any other player in the Rangers roster.

The 1 Position Where Gerrard’s Rangers Need Reinforcements - Gerrard and Itten
Glasgow Rangers’ Swiss forward Cedric Itten (L) is congratulated by Glasgow Rangers’ English head coach Steven Gerrard as he leaves the pitch during the UEFA Europa League Group D football match between Lech Poznan and Rangers FC in Poznan, Poland, on December 10, 2020. – Rangers won the match 2-0. (Photo by Adam JASTRZEBOWSKI / AFP via Getty Images)

Apart from Kent, Rangers’ other options in the wide areas are Brandon Barker, Greg Stewart and Jordan Jones. While Barker is a decent enough option, his lack of consistency has been a major stumbling block in his progress. Jordan Jones, on the other hand, was on the receiving end of some major criticism recently, when he was caught breaking strict isolation guidelines and was hence handed a suspension. The chances of him making another start for Gerrard’s men in the near future is extremely bleak. Greg Stewart has been on the fringes of the squad for a while now, and he’s not shown nearly enough in training to warrant a place in the eleven.

Instead, apart from Kent, Gerrard has been forced to improvise in terms of personnel for the wide areas. The likes of Kemar Roofe and Joe Aribo have both been used on the flank, and this highlights the need for them to sign a new winger. Although it might not necessarily be an immediate requirement, going into next season without a proper alternate for Kent on the flank could prove to be suicidal.

With a 13-point lead already created at the top, Rangers are well-positioned to end Celtic’s run of consecutive league titles. However, if there were one position that Gerrard needed to prioritise ahead of next season, then it would have to be in the wide areas of the pitch.

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