Rangers secured a second-place finish in the Scottish Premiership with yesterday’s 2-0 win over Aberdeen – and Steven Gerrard should use two of the final three games to see just who is worth keeping around at Ibrox.
The Rangers boss blasted a number of his fringe players for their performances in a bounce game with Liverpool under-23s and it seems as though Borna Barisic, Eros Grezda and Kyle Lafferty could be finished at Ibrox.
That still leaves a fairly bloated squad and, while the Old Firm game isn’t really one for experimenting, the games with Hibs and Kilmarnock are worth seeing what some of the others in his squad bring to the table.
Guys like Matt Polster have barely featured in the first-team while some of the Academy players have forced their way into Gerrard’s thinking.
Losing to Hibs or Killie isn’t a massive deal if it lets Gerrard get a good idea of just who has run out of time at Ibrox and will be moved on.
Letting some of the younger players get a chance to impress in front of a huge Ibrox crowd is something that can benefit them – and Rangers – in the long-term.
One of them might even seize the opportunity and force their way into Gerrard’s plans much sooner than expected.