During a press conference on Tuesday morning, Andy Halliday claimed that Rangers’s Scottish Cup fifth round replay against Kilmarnock is their biggest game of the season.
That’s not because the Scottish Cup takes precedence over the league.
Rather, it’s due to the SPL title challenge slipping away from Gerrard’s men.

Title hopes look slim after the weekend’s results. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Now, the cup is the Gers’s best or perhaps only, genuine chance at silverware.
Therefore, neither the manager, nor the players, can afford a slip up.
One tactical tweak which must surely be made after the weekend, is the make-up of the midfield.
There is no need for three out and out central midfielders at Ibrox.
On Saturday, Ross McCrorie, Steven Davis and Glen Kamara all started in the middle.

The Northern Ireland skipper was widely criticised on Saturday. (photo by Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Davis and Kamara are capable of getting forward on occasions, but they are both genuine central midfielders, while McCrorie is defensively inclined.

 

Conservatism could cost Gerrard

On the four occasions Rangers have played Kilmarnock this season, their opponents have created next to nothing.
They drew a blank at home in the initial tie and were gifted both goals in their 2-1 league win.
Killie aren’t a team who are going to rip Rangers apart.
There are clearly question marks over the availability of Scott Arfield, but even though Morelos is back, Rangers desperately need a link between the midfield and the front man.

Arfield is effective further up the pitch. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

With four clean sheets in their last six matches, Gerrard’s men are defensively sound.
It’s goals that are the issue.
Failures in the transfer market can take some, but not all of the blame.
You have to make the best use of what you have, and when you should be dominating teams at home, stacking the midfield full of similar players, is not the answer.

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