Charlie Adam, has told the Daily Record that two January arrivals will still prove influential for Rangers, but believes that Steven Gerrard may need to change tactics to help them reach their best.
Jermain Defoe and Steven Davis, were undoubtedly the two biggest arrivals last month.
Both players made their first starts in the disappointing loss to Kilmarnock at the end of last month.
Since then, they have been in and out of the side.
Defoe has a solid three goals in six matches, and is currently benefitting from Alfredo Morelos’s ban.
Davis, on the other hand, is currently being kept out of the side by the likes of Ross McCrorie, Ryan Jack and Scott Arfield.
‘Yes, they’ll be frustrated because they want to play, but when Rangers need a bit of quality or magic to unlock defences, that’s when these two will come to the fore’, Adam told the Daily Record.
‘That’s what Davo and Defoe will give them so now it’s just a matter of getting them into the team at the right time.’
‘Do you have to change your system to do that? Yes, you probably do.’
“But you have to do it when the time is right and that’s what the manager is there for.”
Some Rangers fans won’t enjoy talk of another formation switch. Relatively unsuccessful trials of a midfield diamond seemed to prove that Gerrard’s previous 4-3-3 type setup was the most suitable option.
However, if Davis and Defoe are soon at their sharpest, it will be tough to keep leaving them out.
Successfully incorporating these two signings could be the manager’s biggest challenge yet.