Rangers are too reliant on the trio of Ryan Kent, Alfredo Morelos, and James Tavernier, according to Ally McCoist.
The Gers have struggled to recapture their best form following their return from the winter break, winning just two of their four Scottish Premiership matches.
And McCoist believes that he knows that reason why.
Speaking to BT Sport, as per the Scottish Sun, he said: “In the first couple of games [since the winter break] they missed Morelos and Tavernier – there is no doubt about that.
“I have said it for a while. Celtic have more potential match-winners in their team. Rangers are too reliant on Tavernier, Kent and Morelos.
“Celtic have more of a goal threat whether it is from Griffiths, Edouard or the boys round about them.
“I watched Rangers huff and puff against Aberdeen. I looked at Rangers bench and was asking if anyone could come on change the game? And the answer was I don’t really think so.”
Is McCoist right on this one?
You could argue this one either way, to be honest.
McCoist probably does makes a fair point, and in an ideal world, Steven Gerrard would like more strength in depth – but then again, who wouldn’t?
And it’s not as if the Gers are entirely bereft of options outside of the first XI.
Take Jermain Defoe as an example. The aren’t many, if any, other deputy strikers in the country who can boast an expected goals tally of 0.49 per match, as per Wyscout
Moreover, it’s not out of line to say that Tavernier, Kent, and Morelos are three of Rangers’ best players. Bearing that in mind, it’s fairly obvious that if they are to miss matches, then the Gers will suffer.
Take three top players out of any side in the world and they will struggle to fill the void.
Tavernier is a prime example of this. The skipper is, on average involved in 89.86 actions per match for the Gers, with a success rate of 65.2%, as per Wyscout.
Obviously Gerrard’s men will struggle without him, but does that mean they should be criticised for that fact? Surely not.