Rangers will be desperate to improve after last weekend’s Old Firm defeat as they could still mount a title challenge in the near future.
The Bluenoses suffered their first loss of the campaign against bitter rivals Celtic last time out, so they’ll need to seek improvements immediately. Indeed, it’s vital that the Scottish club bounce straight back after such a devastating defeat as there’s still a long way to go.
Steven Gerrard has made a number of bold decisions and has certainly left his mark during his time at Rangers so far, but a number of mistakes have been made and this could cause problems in the future.
With that in mind, here’s a look at two of Gerrard’s biggest blunders…
Operating with two up top in the Old Firm clash
Kyle Lafferty has been in sensational form since joining from fellow Scottish Premiership club Hearts, scoring two goals against Motherwell recently.
However, Steven Gerrard didn’t utilise him in the best way possible against Celtic as he found himself working alongside Alfredo Morelos at the pinnacle of the attack at times. Indeed, this is a problem because the Northern Ireland international was often caught upfield when Celtic had the ball, which made it easier for the defending champions to break them down at times.
So, the Liverpool legend should have opted for a flat midfield five with Lafferty operating on the left, but instead he now has to deal with defeat and a drop down the table, which could have a major impact on their title chances.
Relying on youth and avoiding experience
The Rangers boss did manage to bring in the likes of Scott Arfield, Gareth McAuley and Allan McGregor, who can all provide a wealth of experience. But, the overall squad gives off a youthful feel due to the amount of players that have been drafted in on loan and purchased during the summer.
Scottish football will be very different to what most players have ever experienced at other clubs in other leagues, so providing a platform for younger players to impress during their loan spell at Ibrox may hinder the Bluenoses’ progression in the current campaign.
And, it’s safe to say that in Rangers’ biggest test yet in the Old Firm clash a number of new faces struggled to impact the game as their inexperience shined through.
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