Remember when Rangers used to actually be decent at the back? Connor Goldson and Nikola Katic, defending on their last like heroes and developing a solid partnership.
The likes we hadn’t seen since Dorin Goian and Carlos Bocanegra had our back(s).
In our opening 10 games, we only conceded in four of them. And we only conceded four in total.
It wasn’t until Gerrard tinkered with the formation against Motherwell’s that the holes began to appear. We went three at the back, conceded three goals and dropped two points.
Up until the Villarreal game a few weeks after that, Connor Goldson and Nikola Katic were the fan’s vision for Rangers backline. They had a good understanding and looked a solid foundation.
But in that match he chucked on Joe Worrall. In our first Europa League Group game. A game which Nikola Katic left blood, sweat and tears on the pitch in order to get to. It must’ve killed the 21 year old.
It’s knocked his form and confidence. He’s been a shadow of his former self when he’s been given a chance since. But does Gerrard have a hand in that?
Worrall beginning to frustrate fans, McAuley serves a purpose
Since that Villarreal match, Rangers have conceded 16 goals in 18 games.
Joe Worrall has also done little to impress Rangers fans. Shouty more than vocal. Impatient more than composed. Hot air more than hot form.
Worrall has also pledged his allegiance to Forest. Whilst that’s fine, you get the feeling he doesn’t take this as seriously as the rest of us sometimes. His display against Dundee was verging on the final straw.
McAuley has been solid at times, but I feel he should be reserved for games were we aren’t going to be given 90% of the ball. Against Aberdeen last week McAuley saw far too much of it, and he wasn’t comfortable with it.
The big man will do a job when we need to dig in, but where we need to impose and control, that leaves one option.
Connor Golson and Nikola Katic were developing into a fine pairing. They weren’t perfect, but on their day they showed the passion, understanding and ability that we need in those positions.
Is it time they were reinstated?