From Shkupi to Hearts, Rangers have now played 20 competitive games this season. With the international break upon us and only four players away on senior international duty, it’s the ideal time to reflect on Rangers first 20 matches under Gerrard.
But there’s one major stat that stands out from the first phase of the Gerrard project.
So far the manager has already used 26 players.
Improvement all over the pitch but is there a strongest XI?
Gerrard brought 15 players in whilst 25 left either permanently on loan. Since then, we’ve seen improvement all over the pitch.
The defence conceded 15 goals in 20 games. But they’ve kept eight clean sheets.
Up front Rangers have already scored 39 goals. That’s almost two a game. Our wingers and strikers have been firing, with the performances and 11 goals of Alfredo Morelos proving key.
In fact, Alfredo Morelos, James Tavernier, Allan McGregor and Connor Goldson are the first names on the team sheets. Along with Nikola Katic they are the only four to have played more than 15 games. Joe Worrall has been preferred to Katic recently.
But Gerrard has used an unbelievable 26 players already this season. A mixture of injury an eagerness to get players fit has contributed to this.
But going forward, the team needs a greater consistency in selection to get consistency in results. Against Hearts Gerrard played the same team that blew away Rapid Vienna. The result spoke for itself.
Consistency may be the key going forward
I don’t think you’ll find many Rangers fans disagreeing that Gerrard has changed the game at Ibrox. That’s despite a stumbling league start. Yet the manager only has a 55% win rate at Ibrox so far.
But with an inspiring Europa League qualification journey complete and the team beginning settle, that is soon likely to change.
Rangers have only taken two points from twelve on the road domestically and it must improve. Many fans thought this has down to consistency of selection and tactics on the road at home. Especially against Livingston, which Gerrard took responsibility for.
There’s been a lot of experimenting in Rangers first 20 matches under Gerrard.
I wonder if we’ll see less players and more consistency in the next 20?