Ahead of Rangers’ trip to Hampden to play Celtic in the Betfred Cup Final this Sunday, Steven Gerrard has plenty of big decisions to make.

Amongst the biggest concerns his centre back pairing, with Connor Goldson and Filip Helander coming under heavy fire from Rangers fans after the 2-2 draw with Aberdeen.

But at the risk of pushing the panic button, should Steven Gerrard seriously respond to these calls from supporters?

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Rangers defender Connor Goldson is a Steven Gerrard stalwart and rarely misses a game for the Ibrox side. (Photo by Scott Baxter/Getty Images)

The duo have started the last 10 matches for Rangers, with the club winning seven and drawing three.

They’ve also kept five clean sheets.

Two of those draws also include impressive away days in Europe against both Porto and Feyenoord.

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Admittedly, both players didn’t cover themselves in glory as Rangers toiled up north and threw away a two-goal lead.

The resultant stinging criticism has sent a ripple through the Rangers support but it’s unsurprising.

 

Titles are won and lost on nights like last night and Rangers are now under pressure to respond in kind and show that they’re up for the fight this season.

In many ways, the club is lucky that they have the chance to put it right so soon against Celtic at Hampden.

But the idea that Steven Gerrard would split up the defensive pairing in a game of such magnitude could well be considered naïve.

For all the criticism that Goldson and Helander have quite rightly come under from last night, they remain the most experienced and when, on top form, the best defensive options at the club.

Rangers defender Filip Helander has cemented his place in the first XI alongside Connor Goldson over the last 10 games. (Photo by ANP Sport via Getty Images)

Nikola Katic, for all his heart and soul, is very much a raw talent. George Edmundson is completely untested in a match of this stature.

Steven Gerrard may well face several big decisions ahead of the defining match of his Rangers’ tenure so far.

But will he really split up a settled centre-back pairing because of one bad result?

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