At half time during last night’s 1-1 draw with Kilmarnock, with Rangers failing to offer the reaction to their Betfred Cup defeat to Aberdeen that Steven Gerrard was looking for, Jon Flanagan was hauled off.
The 25-year-old Scouser is a player Gerrard has affinity for and of course the duo played together, but his first half display was not good enough.
That’s why he did not reemerge for the second period and that’s why he should drop to the bench as Rangers look to spark an improvement from their current run of three winless matches across all competitions.
Andy Halliday would be the prime candidate to take the left-back slot, and having a natural left footer out on that flank would offer Gerrard a much better balance.
Gerrard knows what Flanagan can do, having seen him at close quarters during his playing days, but the Englishman has not regained the form that saw him become a reliable Premier League full-back who was on the fringes of the England squad at one stage.
Rangers must find reaction against St Mirren this weekend and if Gerrard is considering changes to try to shake up a team that has let its standards slip in recent weeks, then Flanagan should be near the top of the list of those at risk.