What Steven Gerrard needs to do to make Rangers genuine title contenders
A genuine title race is developing in Scotland and the scale of Rangers’ progress under Steven Gerrard is a major factor behind that.
The Liverpool icon has given his side the confidence to battle a Celtic side who have had it too easy in their recent title wins, but a further push is needed if the Gers are to last the distance.
Recruitment in next month’s transfer window will be imperative; Gerrard brought in an influx of players during the summer and the success rate has perhaps been a little lower than he would like.
He needs a reliable goalscorer to act as a foil to Alfredo Morelos and step in when the Colombian gets suspended; and it would also be worth Gerrard working on improving his talisman’s discipline.
Gerrard also needs to settle on a first-choice defensive duo; Connor Goldson has had a revolving door of partners, but now that Borna Barisic is back, Rangers should be able to decide on an entire back four from now on.
A midfield playmaker to ease the burden on Ryan Jack would be a boost, and could help Rangers unlock deep defences as the season wears on.
Implement those tweaks and maintain the belief and optimism around the club and Gerrard will be well set to oversee a title challenge; and he will be desperate to go one better than he ever did during his playing career.