With the split complete and the final push towards the end of the Scottish Premiership beginning, Rangers’ boss Steven Gerrard will be hoping to keep the Gers’ bitter rivals Celtic from lifting a historic title for as long as they possibly can.
It’s only a matter of time before Rangers’ fans have to face the truth and watch Celtic lift the Scottish Premiership trophy, however, a win over Hearts today and they can delay the celebrations just that little longer.
After beating Hearts 3-0 not so long ago, Steven Gerrard will look to that matchday squad for some inspiration. Indeed, the Light Blues’ season is at risk of petering out right now, so a win over one of the biggest teams in the division can at least put building blocks in place ahead of next season.
Here, we take a look at a couple of changes the Englishman should make.
Drop Nikola Katic
Having shared his space in the side with Joe Worrall over the course of the season, it really would be no surprise to see the two swap places yet again later today against Hearts.
Despite making a solid impression on the game against Motherwell in the 0-3 win, Katic can only assume that manager Gerrard will revert back to the same back line he used in the previous fixture against Hearts which also gained the Gers a 3-0 win.
Rotation is key here, keeping the whole team on its toes.
Start Joe Worrall
After being given a break last time out, the 22-year-old, who is valued at £7.2 million (by Transfermarkt), will be eager to get back into the side for what will be his third encounter against Hearts this season, only conceding one goal from the previous two combined. Indeed, he really has been impressive against the Jambos.
Rotation aside, with the dominant performances in these fixtures against Hearts, there would be little surprise to see Gerrard favour the English centre-back in hopes of providing a third consecutive clean sheet as well as keeping Celtic celebrations at bay.
Despite both players seeming content with the usual switching, Gerrard will be well aware that next season he may need to face up and pick one regular starter or look to find a system that can accommodate both talents.
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