Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has admitted that last year he lacked the confidence in his fringe players to rely on them too much but insists that he is now more confident he has the quality needed.
The Gers boss has added almost an entirely new team to his squad over the summer as he reshaped his side and feels if he makes changes now that he isn’t weakening the side.
Gerrard admits that he now needs to go and “prove” that his squad is stronger but the Rangers boss feels far more comfortable with what is at his disposal.
“You have to have a squad that’s capable of competing on all fronts,” Gerrard said, as quoted by The Herald.
“That’s what we have to do. That’s the reason why I’ve made numerous signings, to make the squad as strong as I can to cope.
“Last year, at certain times we felt the effects of Thursday-Sunday and at certain times I looked behind at the bench and wasn’t certain or confident that, if I took a regular off, that I had the same level of player to bring on. I am more confident that the squad is stronger and further down the line than it was, but I’ve got to go and prove it now.”
The Gers will likely make a number of changes for today’s clash with St. Mirren and it’s clear to see Gerrard has more faith in his squad than 12 months ago.
That said, there are still some concerns from fans over his reticence to use substitutes in games when it needs fresh legs added – particularly the midweek draw with Legia Warsaw.
There’s little doubt the Gers have a stronger squad than a year ago though and, as Gerrard says, it’s time for Rangers to prove it.