The Chalkboard: Rangers should switch to 4-4-2 vs Aberdeen

Rangers were forced to settle for a draw at Easter Road on Friday night, so how can Steven Gerrard turn their fortunes around against Aberdeen?

Gerrard has really struggled to turn draws into wins during his maiden season of management, as the Gers have picked up double the amount of draws that arch-rivals Celtic have in the league this campaign.

The gaffer seems to struggle against deep defences, often watching his side score once and then labour to find that all-important second goal, only to concede at the other end and drop two points.

On the chalkboard

Of course, Tuesday’s clash against the Dons is a cup match so there’s no concern of dropping points, but that is even more reason for the gaffer to switch things up and go for the throat.

The two sides will be meeting for the sixth time this season on Tuesday night, which means they know what to expect from each other.

By switching to a 4-4-2 formation though, Gerrard could throw a spanner in the works for Dons boss Derek McInnes.

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Why make the change?

Alfredo Morelos is often isolated when the Gers aren’t at their best, and getting Jermian Defoe or even the forgotten man Kyle Lafferty up there alongside the Colombian would make his life much easier.

Morelos has been involved in plenty of controversy during the five previous clashes between these two sides as well, so leaving him up front alone to battle two towering centre backs is just asking for trouble.

Ryan Jack and Glen Kamara are more than capable of covering the ground to atone for playing with one less midfielder and one extra front man, and it would also allow Ryan Kent and Daniel Candeias to do what they do best – beat their man and whip crosses in, crosses which would now have an extra blue shirt in the box to aim for.

Bad news for Arfield?

There is also the simple case of getting your best players on the pitch, as none of the players deployed in the number ten spot in the boss’ usual formation have shone this season.

Scott Arfield would be the man to miss out in a switch to a 4-4-2, and he was particularly poor in the draw against Hibs on Friday. Replacing the misfiring 30 year-old with a man who boasts over 250 career goals in Defoe is an absolute no brainer.