As Glasgow Rangers gear up to face Celtic in what will be a hotly-contested clash, Steven Gerrard will be well aware that he has a key decision to make…
Rangers are doing rather well at the moment, aren’t they? And that seems to be part of the problem, as Gerrard’s side sit at the top of the Scottish Premiership, having taken 26 points from a possible 30.
According to The Glasgow Times’ Christopher Jack, the Rangers boss must solve the midfield puzzle before the Old Firm derby. Gerrard has some big calls to make as he will have to choose three from four.
It’s claimed that Ryan Jack will be the centre of attention as his brief stint with Scotland should mean that he is fit enough to face Celtic, which will mean one of Scott Arfield, Steven Davis and Glen Kamara will miss out.
Gerrard may have a huge headache ahead of the derby as he wrestles with his selection dilemma. It’s certainly one of the toughest challenges the Rangers boss will have faced during his time with the Ibrox outfit.
He has relied on Arfield, Jack and Kamara in recent weeks, as the midfield trio started in the 2-0 win over Ross County, but Davis’ big game experience could give him a significant advantage. The 35-year-old recently sent Rangers a timely reminder with his performance during Northern Ireland’s victory against Bosnia and Herzegovina in a Euro 2020 qualifying play-off.
Arfield has also been one of the most consistent performers in recent weeks. He scored against Dundee United, Hibernian and Galatasaray, via Transfermarkt. So, that leaves Gerrard with really only two options to choose from.
Both Jack and Kamara are highly-rated by the Rangers boss. And the £1.08m-rated midfielder received plenty of praise from Gerrard for his “outstanding” performance against Motherwell. However, he will mostly likely miss out.
Per SofaScore, Kamara has played nine Scottish Premiership games this season, whilst he has averaged fewer than one interception, one tackle and one clearance per game. By comparison, Jack has averaged one interception and one tackle in eight appearances so far, via SofaScore.
So, if push must come to shove, Gerrard must trust his gut instinct and start Jack instead. We don’t envy him the decision, that’s for sure.
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