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Is Jake Cooper interest a hint at Steven Gerrard’s Rangers tactics?


Is Jake Cooper interest a hint at Steven Gerrard’s Rangers tactics?

It remains to be seen what formation new Rangers boss Steven Gerrard adopts at Ibrox.

Rangers are said to be in the hunt for Millwall defender Jake Cooper, according to reports. The Daily Mail are reporting that Rangers are set to make a move for the Lions centre-back with Bruno Alves on his way to Parma.

Steven Gerrard has already brought in two new centre-backs this summer. Nikola Katic and Connor Goldson were both snapped up recently and Rangers fans are pleased with those signings as they would be if Cooper was signed.

The former Reading player has just come off the back of an excellent season in the Championship in which he helped Millwall nearly make the play-offs.

So would Cooper’s arrival at Ibrox suggest the formation Steven Gerrard might play next season?

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So far Rangers fans are still not sure how Gerrard will line up his Rangers team. His tactics are a mystery, considering this is his first foray into management at a senior level.


But with Cooper, a left-sided centre-back, Goldson an old-fashioned defensive type and Katic a ball-playing star, could Rangers be set to play with three at the back?

It would certainly make sense. Declan John and James Tavernier thrive as wing-backs and Rangers’ wide options are low in attack. The club have not brought in the players to play in a 4-4-2 or 4-3-3 so it’s possible that Rangers’ new boss sees a back-three as the best option for the Glasgow side.

Given the current direction of football, with the back-three the fashionable route, Rangers might be heading that direction.

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Everton fan for my sins.

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