Steven Gerrard did his best to bolster it over the summer, but Rangers’ midfield isn’t producing on the goals front.
The Rangers manager brought in a host of midfield recruits in the close-season. Ovie Ejaria, Lassana Coulibaly, and Scott Arfield are the stand-out three. The idea was the trio would give Rangers a good blend of aggression and flair going forward.
To an extent, that has been the case. Rangers are a lot more aggressive in the midfield (the Celtic game notwithstanding). Going forward, Ejaria has taken control with a pair of goals in recent games against Motherwell and Ufa.
Coulibaly is another of the new midfield recruits to have netted. He managed to bag one against Maribor in the Europa League qualifiers.
Lack of goals
Yet, outside of that, no goals have come from Rangers’ central midfield in 12 games under Gerrard. Those three goals mentioned are the only goals the new midfield recruits have managed to bag so far.
It’s a really deflating stat for those who felt the midfield were making a big effect on games. There’s no doubting Ejaria has really come into form in recent times. Coulibaly is also strongly missed as he continues to battle a thigh knock.
But there’s no hiding place for Arfield. He’s often slotting into the position behind the striker(s) and looking to create. So far, he’s evidently failed to do that. Outside of pre-season friendlies, Arfield hasn’t scored for the club yet and looks a little off the pace.
Sections of the supporters feel a dynamic number 10 was needed in the summer. Ejaria could still be it, but Arfield doesn’t look like the man to carry that mantle so far.
In contrast, the defence as a whole have scored double what the central midfielders have this season. James Tavernier, Connor Goldson, and Nikola Katic all have two goals to their name this season.
That’s more than can be said for a midfield that needs to find it’s spark.