Steven Gerrard has faced some tough decisions during his time in charge of Rangers, but none bigger than the one he faces ahead of Saturday’s Old Firm derby against Celtic.
In what could be a season-defining derby, the Gers have the opportunity to extend their lead at the top of the table.
For many pundits up and down the country, a victory for Gerrard and co on Saturday will put one hand on the trophy for Rangers, despite Celtic’s recent upsurge in form.
With the club in such good form, the team more or less picks itself these days, but Gerrard has one huge call to make in the final third.
Gerrard rested Ryan Kent against St Mirren on Wednesday night, with the ex-Liverpool youngster looking slightly jaded in recent weeks.
In his place, Ianis Hagi is once again looking back to his best and showing some of his best form in a Rangers shirt.
Some Gers supporters dubbed his performance against St Mirren on Wednesday night as ‘phenomenal’.
The Romanian now faces the prospect of being dropped back to the bench against Celtic, with Kent likely to return to the starting XI.
It is a huge call for Gerrard to make, with Hagi scoring or assisting in all but one of his last six Rangers appearances.
During his previous three league outings, Hagi has recorded a minimum WhoScored match rating of 7.09 or higher.
However, this is the sort of call that separates the brave managers from the weak.
Kent has been one of Rangers’ best players this season – only James Tavenier has a higher average match rating – and he simply has to play against Celtic.
His record against the Hoops is relatively strong too. During the seven games that he has played against Celtic, he has won four, scored twice and recorded one assist.
If Gerrard does go on to make the call, you will have to feel for Hagi but given Kent’s importance to the team – it looks like the right call to make on what could be a huge afternoon for the home side.
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