Steven Gerrard was very busy in the summer for a second consecutive season, bringing in 11 new players including a permanent deal for Steven Davis. Of those 11 new signings, six are wingers – and it has provided the Gers with huge competition.
Ryan Kent joined the club from Liverpool for £7million, while Saturday goalscorer Brandon Barker joined the club on a free transfer from Manchester City. Sheyi Ojo, Jordan Jones, Greg Stewart and Jake Hastie also joined the club in the summer.
It is expected that when all of those players are fit, that Kent and Ojo are expected to play either side of Alfredo Morelos. But Kent suffered an injury in his first match after returning to Ibrox, adding to a considerable injury list already.
He picked up a hamstring injury against Livingston, joining both Stewart (calf) and Jones (knee) in the physio’s room. Jamie Murphy is on the comeback trail after 12 months on the sidelines with an anterior cruciate ligament injury.
It leaves Gerrard with just Ojo, Barker and Scott Arfield to choose from, with the latter preferred in midfield. Eros Grezda remains way down the pecking order and is expected to rot on the sidelines after failing to secure a move in the summer.
So, did Rangers make a mistake in letting Hastie leave on loan? The youngster is shining on loan at English League One side Rotherham United, clocking up three goals in three. His last goal came on Tuesday night, in a 1-1 draw against Sunderland.
Hastie was brought to Rangers from Motherwell after scoring as soon as he was given a chance in the senior side at Fir Park. But many were surprised that he did not return to Stephen Robinson’s side on loan until the end of the season.
It seems as though a move to Rotherham is doing him somve favours – but could Rangers have done with him at Ibrox ahead of Thursday’s clash against Feyenoord? Indeed, the injury list is growing, and Hastie’s presence would have given Rangers relief.