The Chalkboard: Gerrard should use McCrorie at centre-back whilst Goldson is out

Last week, as reported by Belfast Live on January 17,  Rangers manager Steven Gerrard stated that injured centre-back Connor Goldson would “hopefully be back involved soon”.

However, the Gers could still be without the 26-year-old for this weekend’s visit to Livingston. Gerrard must be prepared for this eventuality and ready to pick a side that can remain solid at the back despite Goldson’s absence.

On the chalkboard

Last time out against Kilmarnock, Rangers were poor defensively, and ultimately that cost them the game as they were beaten 2-1 in a big blow to their Scottish Premiership title hopes. Gerrard must learn from this and change things up with his next team selection.

Joe Worrall was especially poor against Kilmarnock and ought to be taken out of the firing line for the next game. Meanwhile, the obvious available alternatives aren’t particularly inspiring. 

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Summer signing Gareth McAuley made a fine start to life at Ibrox Stadium, but has looked every one of his 39 years of age in recent weeks. Nikola Katic has also proved himself to be error-prone and untrustworthy this season.

Assuming Goldson remains unavailable, Gerrard ought to be bold and introduce midfielder Ross McCrorie to the heart of his defence for this weekend’s clash with Livingston.

A fresh dimension

The 20-year-old has played a centre-back role in the past, including on a few occasions for Rangers in the Scottish Premiership last season, as per Transfermarkt. Gerrard can therefore trust him in that position, and the 9-cap Scotland international would also bring a fresh dimension to the defence.

As a midfielder, McCrorie is supremely confident in possession and composed on the ball. His distribution skills could become a key factor in improving Rangers’ ability to play out from the back, even if it is only for one match.

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