Jackie McNamara says that he would pick players on form rather than their proven ability as Rangers boss Steven Gerrard faces a major headache when it comes to his winger options.
The former Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, says that there is an awful lot of competition for a starting place out wide at Ibrox and that he would go on the attackers’ recent performances rather than picking someone because of their reputation.
Gerrard started with Greg Stewart and Sheyi Ojo in the club’s 5-0 win over Hamilton, the Gers boss missing a number of other options through injury.
With Jamie Murphy making his long-awaited return from injury off the bench last weekend, and with Ryan Kent and Jordan Jones also set to come back after the international break, McNamara says that Gerrard has a headache on the horizon.
Speaking of Murphy’s return, McNamara told Football Insider: “I think he’ll obviously be happy back playing out, he had a long time out after getting injured on that (plastic) surface so it’s good for him that he’s back in.
“It’s a bit of competition so he needs to pick and choose what ones he uses at the right time.
“I’d just pick the ones that are in form to be honest. I’d go with form rather than their past performances, go on current form.”
Gerrard has rotated between his wingers this season, with Ojo making the most appearances from the manager’s options out wide with 16.
Marquee signing Kent has only featured once for the Light Blues after picking up an injury in his first game back at a Rangers player.