COMMENT By Will Butcher
Mark Warburton will prove his Rangers doubters wrong if he banishes his preferred 4-3-3 system.
The former Brentford boss is coming under increasing pressure as the Gers struggle to stay on a par with Old Firm rivals Celtic at the top of the Scottish Premiership.
Currently in third, Warburton’s side sit 11 points behind their bitter rivals after succumbing to losses in both of this season’s Old Firm showdowns.
Celtic have scored 35 Scottish Premiership goals in 12 games this season, while Warburton’s stuttering attack have hit the back of the net just 17 times in 13 domestic clashes.
The 54-year-old has used three midfielders since he moved to Ibrox from Brentford in 2015, with one sitting deeper and the other two used in a box-to-box tactic.
But if Warburton opted to use Celtic’s system of 4-2-3-1, Rangers’ attacking threat would increase dramatically as the formation would add an attacking midfielder to unnerve their opposition.
The likes of Harry Forrester and Josh Windass could be used in the advanced role, while a slower and wiser Kenny Miller could also be reverted into a deeper role behind the centre-forward.
With the added attacking dimension, the transition between midfield and attack would become smoother and help the Gers create more goalscoring chances as well as allowing the Gers to maintain possession with two holding midfielders.
It would also give Rangers’ wide players and striker Martyn Waghorn more support, as they look to increase their goal threat.
More goals will see Warburton gain three points in a much more convincing fashion. Four of the Gers six league wins have been secured with a one-goal margin against the likes of Dundee, Inverness and Motherwell.
The Gers next face Partick on Saturday as they look to close the gap between themselves and Celtic by moving into second with three points.