Andy Halliday moots position change for Abdallah Sima after what he saw in Rangers win v St Johnstone
Andy Halliday believes Michael Beale must stop using Abdallah Sima as a striker and instead play him as a winger after what he was in Rangers win v St Johnstone.
Sima came on as a first-half substitute to replace the stricken Danilo, who suffered a brutal facial injury while scoring the opening goal of the game with a header and was forced off.
But Sima struggled playing through the middle and while appearing on Clyde 1 Superscoreboard (18 September), Halliday believes Beale should be using him out wide to get the best out of him as he has seen “dangerous” moments.
“For me, and a lot of people may disagree with this from what I’ve heard, but I don’t think Sima came on and was overly positive again,” he said.
“I do think there’s moments where he looks really dangerous but for me, he is not a striker.
“I think with his back to goal, he can be a wee bit loose and not using his body correctly. But I do think he’s a winger and he’s better running into space and running in behind.
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“Could that suit him more in Europe? Potentially.”
While Rangers picked up a vital three points at McDiarmid Park at the weekend, it’s still pretty clear that everything isn’t rosy and changes are needed.
The team still aren’t looking comfortable in this diamond shape that Beale has decided to implement and with Danilo out injured for a little while, Sam Lammers and Cyriel Dessers struggling for form, a change of formation could suit everyone.
Todd Cantwell and Kieran Dowell are also out for a few weeks, so a switch a system with one striker and two wingers would see more people in their natural positions and in a system they are more comfortable with.
That may see improved performances from the likes of Sima, who were brought in to replace big-hitters Ryan Kent and Alfredo Morelos primarily.
Something has to change, and Beale doesn’t have much credit in the bank to continue persisiting with what isn’t working. This may be what saves his job.
In other Rangers news, Beale under “severe pressure” after Chris Sutton grills Kris Boyd live on Sky.