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The Chalkboard: Bold midfield changes can transform Rangers’ attack

Rangers have been struggling for some creativity in their midfield this season, so what can Steven Gerrard do to get the Gers firing on all cylinders again?

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Alfredo Morelos has been excellent so far this season, as the feisty Colombian has scored eight times in his last nine games in all competitions.

The 22-year-old is not the only attacking player in great form either, as fans have been hugely impressed by both Ryan Kent and Glenn Middleton.

The Gers are still struggling to find the back of the net though, and this is mainly down to the midfield.

There is currently no link between midfield and attack, and the recent results will not improve if Gerrard does not find a solution. So what can the gaffer do?

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A new formation?

The major thing lacking in the midfield is creativity, and a switch to a 4-2-3-1 formation will allow Ovie Ejaria to play further forward. The Liverpool loanee has already proven he has excellent skill and vision, and using him as a number ten could help create more chances for the likes of Morelos.

If Ejaria can’t perform this role, Gerrard may be forced to go out and buy a proper number ten in January. Scott Arfield’s move from Burnley has not exactly been a success, and the boss has already dropped hints about his desire to strengthen the squad in January.

Gerrard simply cannot continue to deploy a midfield trio whose primary purpose is to chase the ball around and break up play. Getting Ejaria, a new signing, or even a winger like Ryan Kent or Daniel Candeias to perform in that playmaker role should be the gaffer’s absolute top priority.

A shock new role for Barisic?

If the Gers do persist with three central midfielders, it could certainly be worth giving Borna Barisic a go on the left side of the trio. Fans have been infuriated by players like Lassana Coulibaly and Ryan Jack breaking up play but lacking ability on the ball, and Barisic could get the side moving forward.

The Croatian wing back certainly has the work rate to play in midfield, as he spends his games at left back bombing up and down the wing. His final ball is far superior to any of the current midfielders, and most of the teams Rangers are struggling against don’t attack enough to exploit the spaces he would leave anyway.

It would certainly be a gamble chucking the 25-year-old into midfield, but it may just be a gamble worth taking. Jurgen Klopp has done something similar at Liverpool, playing winger Xherdan Shaqiri out of position in the midfield to try and find some creativity.

What the Swiss international lacks in defensive ability he makes up for in attacking impetus, and the Reds have scored eight goals in the two games he has started in midfield.

So, Rangers fans, how would you fix the midfield? A new signing? A new formation? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below…

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