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Gavin Rae has spoken exclusively to Football FanCast about Rangers’ upcoming campaign, and he’s offered a solution to Steven Gerrard’s midfield selection headache.
The new arrivals join Glen Kamara, Ryan Jack, Andy Halliday, Graham Dorrans, Greg Docherty and Scott Arfield in bolstering Gerrard’s options in the middle of the park. While a few of them can play in different roles, the majority are most comfortable as central-midfielders.
Rae has tried to tackle the midfield puzzle, coming out with a highly-talented trio as his pick: “I played with Ryan Jack and think he is a great player, then you have Davis, Kamara, Arfield, and others so it is really tough. Jack, Kamara and Davis for me – and I am probably forgetting others also.”
The ex-Ger’s suggestion could very well be the preferred trio going into the season.
Aribo has caught the eye during the early season games, particularly against Progres Niederkorn with the fans loving his performance, but he could take time to adapt to playing for such a big club, especially in domestic competition, where the physicality of the league could well be a shock to the youngster.
One new signing who won’t take any time to come to grasp with the magnitude of the club is Davis, after spending the second half of last season on loan at Ibrox.
Another who has caught the eye of the supporters in pre-season, this is the Northern Irishman’s third stint at the club and he is well-accustomed to the atmosphere and expectations that come with it – he won three league titles and six trophies in total during his first stay in Glasgow.
And Davis’ experience and guile could be a nice foil for the energy and verve that Kamara and Jack brought to the side last season.
The trio’s good relationship was something that didn’t go unnoticed last campaign, with former club captain Barry Ferguson noting to The Daily Record the importance that then-loanee Davis had on the performance level of his two midfield partners.
Ferguson mentioned the composure the trio brought to the side, a trait that will stand the club well this season as they go in search of their first silverware under Gerrard.
While Gerrard has good options to pick from, he would do well do heed the advice of Rae and Ferguson and favour the trio of Kamara, Jack and Davis, who bring an exceptional balance of experience, youthful exuberance and technical ability.