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Alex McLeish has delivered his verdict on Steven Gerrard’s Rangers squad selection after Filip Helander was recalled to the starting 11 for the Gers’ last two games.
Helander has replaced Leon Balogun who is struggling with a knock and the Swede has performed well on his return to the side.
McLeish has warned that too many changes could disrupt the momentum at Ibrox but credited the performances from Helander.
Speaking exclusively to Ibrox News, McLeish said, “The one thing you don’t want to do is disrupt is the momentum and nucleus of the team.
“If you make too many changes then sometimes that can cause a bit of disruption because you don’t have that rhythm or togetherness of players getting to know each other. The more they play with each other then the more they get to understand each other’s game.
“Helander has been waiting in the wings a wee bit. He’s a big guy, a big presence and certainly, you’d expect him to go into that team if he is called upon. He has to be giving his best performance levels.”
Gerrard has a very talented squad at his disposal and when all of his players are fully fit he is faced with a serious selection headache.
Centre-back has been one of the less tricky positions for Gerrard to sort out this season, however, thanks to the long term injury of Nikola Katic.
Connor Goldson has played every minute of Rangers’ season with two other centre backs, Helander and Balogun, fighting for one position.
There are other areas of the pitch where this is a bigger issue as currently, Alfredo Morelos, Cedric Itten and Jermain Defoe are vying for one forward position.
Of course, this is a nicer problem for Gerrard to have but as McLeish says, he has to be careful not to over-rotate the squad.
Rangers could lose some of their effectiveness with a constant chopping and changing of the starting 11 and this is something Gerrard has to be wary of.
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