Rangers host Scottish Premiership leaders Hearts this weekend, knowing that a loss could throw them 11 points behind them already at this early stage in the season.
Steven Gerrard’s men were flying high in the league, but Sunday’s loss to Livingston highlighted glaring flaws that have been apparent all season.
Very few players performed well last Sunday, from defence to attack they were poor. But it is the club’s reluctance to attack that will worry fans. Understandably the club were cautious when they faced Celtic earlier this season, but this cannot become something that repeats itself.
Wingers Daniel Candeias and Kyle Lafferty were nothing short of anonymous all game, and failed to provide anything to striker Alfredo Morelos. The Colombian wasn’t necessarily poor at the weekend, but failed to make an impact. This would be expected, however, when a team’s attack is so poor.
Rangers have now under performed in their two biggest league games of the season, and Gerrard must change his approach before the Hearts game. He will have to risk conceding a number of goals in order to trouble the opposition’s defence. Otherwise, he may see his chances of topping the league drift further and further away.
The Glasgow club first face Austrian outfit Rapid Wien in the Europa League at Ibrox on Thursday. The side currently sit in eighth place in the Austrian Bundesliga, and while Gerrard should not look beyond the club, he should still have one eye firmly focussed on Hearts at the weekend. He will know that his season potentially hangs in the balance before it.Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!
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