By Mike Slater

26th Apr, 2021 | 8:25pm

Derek Ferguson: Rangers have major issue with no depth in midfield

Derek Ferguson has insisted that Rangers have a major issue with their squad depth in midfield this season at Ibrox.

The Bears crashed out of the Scottish Cup last night on penalties against St Johnstone, despite making numerous changes to revert back to the strongest side.

Ferguson believes moving Joe Aribo deeper caused a big problem, with both Ryan Jack and Scott Arfield handing Steven Gerrard that massive problem.

Speaking on the Blues Brothers Podcast, Ferguson singled out the one area that is causing the Bears major problems this season.

“We have got an issue,” he said.

“Jack has been a massive miss, I think for us with that aggression. Arfield is injured too, so what happens then is that Aribo has to drop deeper, I prefer him higher up the park.

“I looked on the bench last night, and thought there’s nobody else who can come in there.”

Identified.

When easily steamrolling sides, the issue of having few options in midfield didn’t really come to light at Ibrox, as it didn’t cause problems.

Both Joe Aribo and Ianis Hagi are superb when moving forward, but as soon as our backs are against the wall, something that doesn’t happen often, it appears to harm us.

Having Jack or Arfield alongside Glen Kamara and Steven Davis doesn’t affect us going forward, and it certainly makes for a mean block in front of the defence.

With another clash against Celtic coming up next, it would be much better to have a more secure three in the middle of the park; which is clearly dependant on injuries.

Gerrard has a headache, but with the summer window approaching quickly, it is clear where we need to strengthen to kickstart this era of dominance.

In other Rangers news, Jim White aims strange swipe at the Bears & Steven Gerrard, Simon Jordan hits back: ‘Grow up’