He’s yet to confirm his move, but could Eros Grezda play against Celtic on Sunday.
Despite not actually having signed yet, Gerrard is expecting the Osijek star in the coming days. Whether the Rangers manager believes a baptism of fire against Celtic is a good idea, however, is yet to be seen.
13th Summer Signing
Grezda is set to be Gerrard’s 13th summer signing. However, the Rangers manager still wants Joe Worrall over the line as that move continues to rumble on.
With regards to Sunday, it would still be a huge surprise if Grezda started the contest. The Albanian has been suffering from a long-term achilles injury. This ruled him out of Osijek’s Europa League double-header against Rangers.
Added to that, Daniel Candeias could do with being reminded that he’s still needed at Ibrox. The right-winger is bound to be disappointed by the arrival of Grezda. It could limit the Portuguese’ game-time, and his chances in the side could become extremely limited.
However, when you flip the coin, Gerrard doesn’t have other options if he doesn’t fancy Candeias.
Glenn Middleton won’t start due to a lack of first-team experience. Therefore, Rangers currently have no natural alternative to Candeias. This is the sole reason why Grezda could be flung in on Sunday.
Grezda up to speed?
It also has to be taken account however that the new man won’t be up to speed. The Old Firm is likely to be a fast-paced encounter with a lot of heavy challenges. There’s no reason to believe as of yet that 23-year-old Grezda is up to that pace of play.
Candeias was one of the few who notched a goal against Celtic last season. The second strike for Rangers in their 3-2 home defeat to Celtic was a timely contribution. Added to that, he’s always showed extreme enthusiasm for the club in matches against Rodgers’ side last season.
Not may supporters know yet of what Grezda can do. Therefore, it would be wise for Gerrard to keep him clear of the hectic Old Firm environment for now.