The Chalkboard: Gerrard must make changes after defensive disaster vs Spartak Moscow

Rangers suffered a defensive disaster in their 4-3 Europa League defeat against Spartak Moscow in Russia on Thursday night, and manager Steven Gerrard needs to make changes to ensure they atone for it when they host Motherwell at Ibrox on Sunday.

What happened against Spartak?

Well, the Liverpool legend lined up with a back four of James Tavernier, Connor Goldson, Nikola Katic and Jon Flanagan, but none of them covered themselves in much glory during the seven-goal thriller.

Captain Tavernier should have done better with two of the goals, Goldson netted an own goal and saw another deflect off of him and in, Katic struggled in general and Flanagan was beaten time and time again in an unfavoured left-back role.

The latter in particular has struggled to make a positive impact throughout his time with the Glasgow giants, and Gerrard is unlikely to make the same mistake of starting him in that position again for the visit of Motherwell this weekend.

What changes does he need to make?

Firstly, if Borna Barisic is still unavailable because of injury then Gerrard should bring 27-year-old Halliday back into the starting XI in place of Flanagan seeing as he is more comfortable on that flank, while the 6ft 4in tall Joe Worrall can reignite his flourishing partnership at the heart of the defence with Goldson following the unconvincing display from Katic.

If Gerrard makes these changes then the Scottish Premiership outfit should be a lot more stable against Motherwell, and they should get back to the performances that had seen them be pretty solid prior to their trip to the Russian capital.