By Pranav Shahaney

22nd Jul, 2021 | 3:25pm

Alex Rae delivers verdict on Rangers formation change for next season

Alex Rae backs Rangers to succeed despite Steven Gerrard likely to go ahead with his formation change for next season.

Last season, Gers managed to end Celtic’s dominance of Scottish football, by winning their 55th league title without losing a single game.

Gerrard used a 4-3-3 system that gave the side the solidity needed off the ball and fluidity required whenever the team was in the final third.

However, he’s hinted at trying something new for the coming season even though the previous system has worked well for him previously.

This could be down to the fact that Nathan Patterson has been doing so well and with James Tavernier in the team, he’s not getting the desired minutes.

Discussing Gerrard’s proposed formation change, BT Sport pundit Rae told The Daily Record, “The 4-3-3 system Steven Gerrard used last season was really successful, but what you have now is Steven looking for another option, and for me that is the right thing to do.

“There are going to be times over the coming season where Rangers will need to mix it up and try a different shape because supporters are concerned about Patterson’s situation.

“The kid is a huge talent but with him playing in the same position as the captain, people are worried he might not get enough game time.

Gerrard knows best

We all know of just how good Patterson is and will get in the future and so does Gerrard as he’s watching the player in training every week.

Leaving him out means keeping a player with an immaculate work-rate and desire on the bench, and that’s something the Gers boss does not seem too happy doing.

Dropping our captain and last season’s leading goal scorer is also not an option.

Whether it’s moving Tavernier to an advanced wide attacking position or playing him as a wing-back in a back three with Patterson playing as the right-sided defender, we’re confident Gerrard will continue to deliver the goods.

Historically, most successful teams have known how to play multiple systems and it’s important that he gets the side out of the habit of a 4-3-3, especially as he’s going to have to chop and change his system in the Champions League.

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