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 has suggested that Rangers could be playing a similar system to Liverpool, although doesn’t believe he is copying their tactics.
Steven Gerrard played Kemar Roofe and Alfredo Morelos in a front-three in the 2-1 win over Hibernian, although both struggled to make a big impact.
McLeish believes that Mo Salah and Sadio Mane prove you can play that way, as they consistently cut inside and want to play centrally.
Speaking exclusively to Ibrox News, McLeish said, “If you look at the Liverpool model, I’m not saying Steven is copying that, you see Salah and Mane coming in from the sides.
“By and large, they get involved as centre-forwards in the dangerous areas, not necessarily just sitting out on the wing. There is a method behind it and there is strategy.
“When the ball is in the box, you’ll see the likes of Roofe getting in there. In the early parts of the game, he was effective.”
Gerrard has made his own style that is dominating Scotland, and it will obviously have some hints of Liverpool given his time coaching in their academy.
Mane and Salah both prove that players on either side of the main striker can score heavily, but they are wingers and not central strikers just like Roofe.
Should Roofe get used to this role as an inverted winger, he could really start firing on all cylinders yet again, but it would be harsh to expect it immediately.
Hopefully, we can get all of our forwards firing again, and that would be a very dangerous proposition for the likes of Celtic in these final weeks of the season.