We’re delighted to welcome former Rangers manager Alex McLeish as our exclusive columnist. Each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at Ibrox…
Alex McLeish got to see Rangers in person when he went to Ibrox on Sunday and he was wowed by what he saw from Steven Gerrard’s men.
He said the progress of the team at the moment is “exceptional” and pointed to the pressing and forward passing as the key to the team’s successes this season.
He said that Rangers are on a “steamroller mission” as they continue to crush teams put in front of them.
McLeish saw Gers score four unanswered against Aberdeen after beating Hamilton 8-0 ahead of the international break.
Talking exclusively to Ibrox News McLeish said, “I had a chance to see Rangers up close and personal on Sunday. I wouldn’t say I was the lucky mascot because they’ve been playing at a real level for a few weeks now as we all know.
“I was there to witness the current progress and it’s exceptional.
“It was great to see them up close and personal and, as I witnessed at the weekend, they’re on a steamroller mission at the moment.
“Whatever Steven has said to them, they just continue to plough through defences. And, you know, scoring eight in the thrashing of Accies and then another four against Aberdeen, it was a really great performance and a great day.
“But they know themselves that they have to keep it going. Steven will keep on top of them and say ‘guys, it doesn’t end there… You can relax for a day and then we’re back at it again’.
“Being at Ibrox gave me a different perspective on Rangers this season. You get to see the whole set up, you know, the whole system, how far the defence is moving up the pitch and leaving holes behind, and they can cope with that.
“One of the big strengths at the moment is the early pressing game. If Rangers lose the ball in the opposition half they can get it back very quickly.
“One of the most improved departments is tactics, the quickness of the passing going forwards. There used to be a lot of side to side passing where you don’t get the same cutting edge.
“And overall, the confidence is absolutely sky high. It was great to see.”