Noel Whelan has questioned Steven Gerrard’s tactics for Glasgow Rangers’ game against Livingston.
The ‘Gers went into that match on Sunday having won their first three Premiership fixtures without conceding a goal but they did not find things as easy at the Tony Macaroni Arena on Livingston’s plastic pitch. They were held to a 0-0 draw and managed just three shots on target.
Whelan was far from happy with Gerrard’s tactics on the day, and he shared his disappointment with Football Insider:
“When you come up against teams that are very defensive minded and sit back in a low block so they cut off all the space for your creative players, there’s no point having two holding midfield players.
“If you want to go and win the game you’ve got to be a bit more adventurous at times and take that risk.
“You know they’re not going to be piling forward and you’ve got the capability with the players at the back to be able to deal with whatever they throw at you with a counter attack.
“You’re going to come across these teams where they’re not too interested in playing football, they want to get something out of the game and, for them, a draw is a really good result.
“If you’re going stop this tenth title for Celtic then you’re going to have to take a risk at times.
“If you want to go and win a game you put on another striker or creative midfield player and test Livingston defensively.
“This might be something Gerrard looks back on and next time he comes across a team like that he might decide to take that opportunity.”
Whelan does make a very good point – the ‘Gers should be putting teams like Livingston to the sword and they need to be more positive if they are to win the Premiership this season. The absence of Joe Aribo didn’t help but that cannot be an excuse – some players will be unavailable at times across the campaign.
Did Gerrard get it wrong against Livingston?
Hopefully Gerrard has learned his lesson ahead of further tests to come.
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