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Red mist is blocking Steven Gerrard’s Rangers success

Red mist is blocking Steven Gerrard’s Rangers success

Rangers have had a positive first season under Steven Gerrard, currently sitting 2nd in the Scottish Premiership 8 points behind rivals Celtic.

Given this is Gerrard’s first season in management, the Rangers fans will be more than happy with where they sit in the table and their European performances, knowing that there is more to come.

Still, despite all the positives from the manager there have been a few low points in terms of player performances, that fans will hope to see change as the season moves on.

Here’s a closer look at them.

Alfredo Morelos 

Alfredo Morelos, without a doubt, has been one of Rangers best players this season and despite the fact that he has scored 15 goals in 23 games in the league this year, it is not so far-fetched to wonder if Rangers would be closer to the top of the Premiership had the Colombian not have faced as many red cards as he has this season.

While being Rangers highest goalscorer it is yet to see whether Gerrard can rely on him for an entire campaign. The 22-year-old forward has faced 4 red cards in all competitions this season leading to him missing games against Aberdeen, Villareal, Dundee and various others.

One important game that he missed due to disciplinary problems was a Scottish League Cup semi-final against Aberdeen, which they duly lost 1-0.

This is a problem Gerrard will be keen to fix as Morelos could have easily prevented dropped points by popping up with a goal as he has done so often this season.

Lassana Coulibaly 

Lassana Coulibaly made a flying start to life in the Scottish Premiership and gave fans and management staff alike hope that they have signed a future world beater.

Given his fast start, Gerrard was surely keen to have him on the team sheet every week and could rely on solid performances from the midfielder. Unfortunately for Rangers. the 22-year-old’s performances have dropped off over recent weeks and it’s not hard to tell why.

Recent poor performances have led Coulibaly to much time spent on the bench, only to have played 18 minutes in the last 5 games.

Gerrard will hope for a turn in attitude and form in order for his Rangers side to make a strong finish and a possible late push for what looks like Celtic’s title. If he can sort these issues out, perhaps he can bring a title to Ibrox next season.

It’s clear he has the building blocks in place right now and with just a few tweaks, the Liverpool legend can write himself into Rangers folklore.

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