Connor Goldson has admitted that Rangers are training to use a back three system at some point this season, revealing it is “very different” to what he’s used to.
This season the club have used a back four almost exclusively, with Goldson partnering alongside Ben Davies for the most part for a strong defensive season domestically.
But after the signing of John Souttar, who has now returned to fitness after a prolonged period of time out, plus the emergence of Leon King as a first-team option, it now seems that Michael Beale is looking at changing things up in the future at some point.
“We’ve been working on it,” he said during his press conference on Friday (31 March), as quoted by journalist Martyn Ramsay.
“It is a very different system but confident that if and when it’s needed in the next few weeks it will look as if it’s very natural.”
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It’s something that Rangers fans have called for in recent times, and that is more tactical flexibility in the team since the departure of Giovanni van Bronckhorst.
The Dutch coach was able to successfully implement a back-five at times during his tenure at the club, which helped the club make it through to the Europa League final.
But since Beale has come in we’ve seen a 4-3-3/4-2-3-1 system exclusively and sometimes it has left a little to be desired, despite the excellent record of results since he came in barring clashes against Celtic.
With two Old Firm derbies to come this month, it’s clear that Beale is looking for an alternative to combat their attacking quality, and it could be that putting an extra defender on the pitch and getting his forwards closer together is the answer.
It will be interesting to see if he can implement properly in the coming weeks and months, but also if it’s needed to use it or if we can play our usual way and get the results we want.
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