Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has admitted that he doesn’t think the diamond midfield worked against St. Mirren – but believes having Jermain Defoe gives his side more of a threat.
The Gers boss told the club’s official website that he felt his side lacks “intensity or aggression” in their play during the 4-0 win over the Buddies.
Gerrard also believes that Ryan Kent looked much more dangerous after his side reverted to a 4-4-2 and Kent went out wide.
“I don’t think the diamond worked again at the weekend but I don’t think any system is going to work if you don’t have that intensity or aggression in your play,” Gerrard said.
“I felt when we went to a four-four-two in the second-half at the weekend we looked a lot better, we had a bit more balance and Ryan Kent certainly looked more dangerous out on the left.
“You learn all the time with players individually and collectively but certainly having Jermain around does give us more of a threat and gives us the chance to play two forwards on the pitch, which is what we’re going to need at times.”
Gerrard’s side have tried to use the diamond a few times with little success this season.
With the trip to Aberdeen on Wednesday a must-win game, it seems likely the Gers will revert back to a 4-3-3.
While having Defoe and Alfredo Morelos gives the Gers a more potent attack, it means losing someone from elsewhere.
The Light Blues need to find a way to increase their intensity in games and stop sitting off teams so much.
The Old Firm win over Celtic is how Gerrard’s side can play but they struggle to meet that bar at times.
As the season heads towards to important bit, they can’t afford to take their foot off the gas now.