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Rangers’ increased fluidity without new-boys hands Gerrard a tactical dilemma

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Rangers’ increased fluidity without new-boys hands Gerrard a tactical dilemma

Steven Gerrard went back to the players he has used for much of the season against Livingston yesterday and the 3-0 win means he must now think about how best to integrate January arrivals Steven Davis and Jermain Defoe.

Steven Gerrard needed to see a reaction from his Rangers squad when they travelled to face Livingston yesterday, following their midweek 2-1 defeat against fellow title-chasers Kilmarnock.

That loss to Steve Clarke’s side saw Rangers demonstrate some familiar flaws in terms of their away performances and resilience, and with the title chase hotting him, they have no more margin for error.

In response, Gerrard went back to the players who have put the Gers in the title race, dropping January signings Jermain Defoe and Steven Davis to the bench and plumping for a more familiar 4-2-3-1 shape.

 

The result was a far more fluid attacking performance than Rangers managed on Wednesday night, with greater options out wide and more freedom for Alfredo Morelos to roam and cause havoc.

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Getting Davis into that system looks reasonably straight forward; he is a good fit for the number 10 position and can also play in a deeper role as a playmaker.

But the quality of the front three poses questions over where Defoe fits in; it may not be an immediate problem, because the former England international will need time to acclimatise.

Once he does, he will want to play every week, and that poses a dilemma for Gerrard about how best to deploy his new recruit.

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