Rangers boss Steven Gerrard might’ve guided his team to a 1-0 victory against St. Mirren, but did he miss an opportunity not starting Nathan Patterson against the Paisley saints?
The Gers gaffer opted to stick with seasoned professional Jon Flanagan for the 1-0 win over the Buddies.
With tough ties against Hearts, Ross County, Aberdeen and Hibs on the horizon, did the Scouser miss a trick in not bedding young Nathan in against weaker opposition?
The Rangers manager certainly doesn’t think so.
The Ibrox boss praised the performance of Jon Flanagan in the victory in comments which suggest that he won’t be in a rush to change things at Tynecastle [Rangers].
“It’s another clean sheet”, said Gerrard.
“I thought Connor and Niko were excellent. I thought Jon was steady and Borna kept asking questions from the left, so in terms of a back five I’m delighted.”
Rangers dropped points at Hearts earlier in the season and the Ibrox gaffer will be well-aware of the threat posed by the Edinburgh side, even if they are languishing at the bottom of the league.
Flanagan – despite not offering the energy and attacking threat of injured captain James Tavernier or young Nathan Patterson – is clearly considered a more experienced option to take across the M8.
Whilst plenty of fans grumbled about the former Liverpool full-back’s performance, the fact Rangers won the match is credit enough to Gerrard’s team selection.
Should Rangers do the same this weekend then the Ibrox gaffer can feel perfectly justified with his decision to start the former England international over the future Scotland one.