It’s safe to say that one aspect of Steven Gerrard’s team selection has got the fans talking: Jon Flanagan’s inclusion.
The Gers faithful seemed to agree with most aspects of the line-up, apart from who should fill the left-back berth.
Some couldn’t contain their disappointment with the news that Borna Barisic wasn’t present. The Croatian played 45-minutes for the Reserves on Wednesday, so was never likely to be involved from the start tonight. Yet, the bad news was still too much for some..
No Barisic pic.twitter.com/4Kyoquti4j
— Glen 🇬🇧🏴 (@FtblGlen) December 5, 2018
Others pined after Andy Halliday. The midfielder performed admirably again in an unfamiliar position against Hearts at the weekend.
Yet, there was no place for him either. The manager reported a clean bill of health in the pre-match presser, so Halliday appears to have been rested.
Flanagan after Halliday played so well on Sunday? pic.twitter.com/lUUpZPRYgw
— Euan (@MrEuanCampbell) December 5, 2018
Why no Halliday? He was excellent. Flanagan is a mistake waiting to happen.
— Daniel Loughins (@Daniel_Loughins) December 5, 2018
Most fans took a more direct approach, venting their frustration at Jon Flanagan’s inclusion.
The 25-year-old has struggled to adapt to life at Ibrox, since joining in the summer. A heavily right-footed player, the manager continues to use him as a conservative option at left-back.
— Dylan Harkins (@dylanharkins123) December 5, 2018
Not everyone was anti-Flanagan though. Some took more of a reasoned approach. It’s not the scouser’s fault that he keeps getting picked at left-back, it just seems that Gerrard is blind to his limitations on that side.
Flannagan isn't bad, just not as comfortable at left back. Would prefer to see Halliday or BB in there tonight
— Stuart 🤘 (@thebigwan612) December 5, 2018
It’s unlikely that any of these fans will be changing their minds based on tonight’s performance. Gerrard replaced Flanagan with Kyle Lafferty at half-time, as the Gers looked to overturn a 1-0 deficit.