St. Mirren manager Jim Goodwin has admitted that Steven Gerrard’s Rangers squad is “quite scary” ahead of facing the Gers in the Scottish Premiership tomorrow afternoon.
Rangers will make the short journey to Paisley to face a St. Mirren side boosted by their recent league win over Aberdeen but Goodwin knows that the Gers have the strength in depth to make a number of changes without losing any quality in his side following their European exertions on Thursday night.
With games against Legia Warsaw and the Celtic in the week following the St. Mirren clash, it’s likely Gerrard’s side will have a number of changes tomorrow but Goodwin insisted that replacing Alfredo Morelos with Jermain Defoe doesn’t weaken the Gers.
“I was looking at their squad the other day and it’s quite scary. There are 32 players there that Steven Gerrard can pick from. He can change his team three times if he likes,” Goodwin said, as quoted by Football Scotland.
“Every player that comes in is probably just as good as the one coming out. I do expect him to make changes, I don’t think that it takes a genius to figure that out.
“They will rest a few players on Sunday and rotate his squad with next week’s European game in mind. I don’t think they will underestimate us and I think he’ll give us the respect we are due because of the good performance we gave against Aberdeen.
“If he rests Alfredo Morelos and brings in Jermain Defoe then I’d hardly say that is weakening his team. I wouldn’t see it as being disrespectful if that did happen. If I was in his position and had that quality I’d, of course, do the same.”
Goodwin’s side have slowly started to get things heading in the right direction after a shambolic summer in the wake of Oran Kearney’s departure.
The Buddies are a well-organised side under the former Alloa boss and he’s not likely to try anything unexpected when Rangers come calling either.
Gerrard’s side should have the quality to exploit their weaknesses though and the Ibrox boss has to ensure there are none of his players distracted by the two more glamorous ties set to follow.