Matchday

Matchday plan: Rangers

Matchday plan: Rangers

Season over! At least that’s what some Rangers fans will be thinking after the midweek calamity in the Scottish Cup quarter-final. Indeed, every Gers fan out there will know Steven Gerrard needs to pick his players up and ensure a big win over Kilmarnock later today.

With four games left in the first phase of the Scottish Premiership, is it too late for Gers to get close to Celtic? Gerrard certainly won’t think so but, whatever happens, the Gers need to finish the campaign strongly indeed.

To do that – first of all – they have to overcome Killie, which they have failed to do in the league so far. Getting a win over Steve Clarke and his men would be the way to kickstart the closing end to the season, potentially giving the club a boost ahead of next year.

With that in mind, here, we take a look at what Gerrard should do to lift the club back up.

Drop Joe Worrall 

On loan from Nottingham Forrest, Worrall has recently become one of the first names on Gerrard’s team sheet. However, has his luck begun to turn, being in the side for one of Rangers’ worst weeks this season? Well, his performances have dropped to a level that the fans and Gerrard should become worried about.

After looking out of place, and really struggled in the game against Aberdeen, it looks as though Gerrard should call time on the 22-year-old’s starting position.

With experienced players on the bench itching for a chance in the first team, the phasing out of Worrall must begin in earnest.

Start Nikola Katic 

Having lost his place to Worrall in the starting eleven, Katic will be eager to show that he has got what it takes to be back at the heart of the Gers’ defence.

Already having struck up a strong partnership in the defence with Connor Goldson, Gerrard can be assured that there won’t be any new partnership dilemmas between the pair. Indeed, Katic is far more suitable man to come in and sure up the Rangers’ defence once more, leading the charge for a strong end to the campaign. Someone likely to be around next season, it’s vitally important he steps up.  

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