Former Rangers captain and assistant manager Davie Weir “can make a case” for all four of the Gers’ central defensive options but thinks that none of them has “nailed it down” yet – and suggested that it could be a “bad sign” for Steven Gerrard’s side.
Connor Goldson has been virtually ever-present this season with Niko Katic and Filip Helander seemingly fighting it out to partner him, however, George Edmundson’s performance in the 5-0 thrashing of Hamilton on Sunday has thrown his name right into the mix too.
The Ibrox Hall of Fame inductee insists that there is a regularity in defence with the “best teams” that builds an understanding and brings stability to a team, although he did concede that football is constantly evolving.
“Rangers have four there and you can make a case for all of them in terms of what they have done in their careers,” Weir said, as quoted by the Evening Times.
“Goldson and Katic looked like they were the favoured two from the start of the season. Helander and Edmundson were in the background pushing so there is competition which always helps to keep them on their toes. But I don’t think anyone has nailed it down yet and I don’t think it is ever a good sign if too many positions are up for grabs.
“The goalkeeper is obviously very good, with a good back up. But in the best teams, you can almost name the back four – the relationship, the knowledge of each other. Football changes all the time but stability through the centre of the pitch is a big part of it.”
While Goldson’s form has been patchy at best, it’s difficult to argue that his place isn’t one of the most secure in the side just now as Gerrard appears to view him as his defensive linchpin.
Katic and Helander both look suited to different styles of games and one of the biggest problems for Gerrard’s side last season was not having that variety in their defensive options – and an over-reliance on Joe Worrall.
There will probably a more consistent back four – or at least one that Gerrard tends to go with more in ‘big games’ – as the season continues but making the most of his squad will be vital for Rangers if they are looking at success in the league and cups and the increased number of games that will bring.