How do Rangers get the best out of Eros Grezda?
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How do Rangers get the best out of Eros Grezda?

When Eros Grezda came on last night, you were almost certain it couldn’t influence things. We wanted him to change it more out of hope than expectation.

There’s no doubts there’s a player there, but Grezda is a man bereft of confidence. Coming from the relative obscurity of NK Osijek and the Croatian First Football League, it was always going to be difficult.

Playing for Rangers is a whole other ballgame.

You’ll also be hard-pressed to find any fan who knew of Grezda before he joined. We signed him for £2m after Josh Windass left, but he hasn’t had anywhere near the same impact.

You get the feeling that had Grezda got this one against Moscow he’d be flying. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Settling in is to be expected. Eros was also coming back from a major injury when we snapped him up. He’s finally finding fitness, but is he finding rhythm? Kind of.

Grezda just needs time to settle and grow into his role at Rangers

Against Dundee last weekend he was threat. He got a double against Motherwell – albeit a rank rotten Motherwell. He has looked direct at times.

But others, he’s looked timid, shy and a bit of a passenger. Particularly when he comes off the bench. How do we get the best out of him?

Grezda has 9 Albania caps. Injury has restricted him to only 11 appearances for Rangers this season, with seven of those from the bench. (Photo credit should read GENT SHKULLAKU/AFP/Getty Images)

In my opinion, give him games. Put him down the left with Borna Barisic. Ask him to run at teams and to get goals.

That’s all he needs. Because if we can get him firing, we’ll be a real threat on that side. Eros Grezda was being talked about as a £20m player in his home country.

He just needs minutes and confidence, but he’s finding out it’s hard to get both at this club if you’re not firing.

Still only 23, I think there’s a lot more to come from him.