Barry Ferguson wants a reaction from the Rangers players against Kilmarnock and he thinks Steven Gerrard will make a key change to his line-up.
The former Ger argues that Rangers were not good enough against Hamilton last week and focused criticism on Cedric Itten.
He was however impressed with Scott Wright’s showing after being brought on and is keen for the new signing to make his first start.
In a column for the Daily Record, Ferguson wrote, “It was a chance for [Cedric] Itten to play his way into form but the big man didn’t grasp it.
“It wouldn’t surprise me if Gerrard tries something different against Kilmarnock.
“I could see him playing Ryan Kent, Scott Wright and Joe Aribo across the front three positions just to mix things up a bit.
“Wright certainly impressed when he came off the bench at Rugby Park- he looked gallus on the ball – and he’ll fit perfectly into the Rangers style of play.
“He’ll be bursting to start tomorrow and make an impact.
“But most of all this weekend is about the entire team showing people that they’re not about to stutter. It’s time to wake up again and put this title to bed.”
Rangers are without Kemar Roofe and Alfredo Morelos against Kilmarnock due to suspension, so Stevie G has a big decision to make.
He said Itten would get chances but after a WhoScored rating of 6.8 last time out the striker may have to settle for a place on the bench.
Jermain Defoe is the most like-for-like replacement and deserves a chance to start – he was last named in a starting eleven in December.
However, Ferguson raises an interesting point.
A front three of Wright, Kent and Aribo – or possibly Ianis Hagi instead – would be full of pace and flair.
Neither one would provide the hold-up play of Morelos but their runs in behind could unsettle the Kilmarnock defence.
A freedom to roam could make them very difficult to track and in turn that should create more space for midfielders like Ryan Jack to exploit.
The Gers struggled last week partly because of our predictability.
That would not be the case if we had three attackers capable of running at defenders.
Moreover, we would always have Itten and Defoe ready to come on and change the game if need be, so it is a small risk worth taking.
Bringing in a player like Wright could really boost us too, as he will be keen to make his mark in what would be his first start – and that could benefit the whole team.
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