Rangers interim manager Graeme Murty rolled the dice on what looks like being a huge gamble with his tactics to face Aberdeen in the Scottish Premiership – but the stand-in manager should be applauded by fans for making such a brave decision.
Murty isn’t likely to be in charge much longer with Rangers presumably close to appointing a new manager almost six weeks after sacking Pedro Caixinha so by not sticking with what the players have been used to so far this season, Murty has put his neck on the line if it goes horribly wrong for the Gers.
The fact the Ibrox side are playing Aberdeen – who sit six points ahead of the Gers in the Scottish Premiership ahead of back-to-back games between the two sides – is possibly a big part in what looks like a switch to a three-man central defence with Bruno Alves, Danny Wilson and Ross McCrorie all starting against the Dons.
Murty’s decision to axe Daniel Candeias for Mexican midfielder Carlos Pena suggests that regular full-backs James Tavernier and Declan John will be pushed further forward and Pena joining Ryan Jack and Jason Holt in central midfield in an attempt to dominate possession of the ball.
Josh Windass will most likely line-up at number 10 behind Kenny Miller after Alfredo Morelos’ injury forced the striker to miss out.
It could backfire spectacularly on Murty but the fact the Under-20’s head coach is willing to take such a risk and not simply put everything into a holding position until a new manager comes in deserves a lot of credit.
In the latest Rangers news, Murty has had his say on Wednesday’s game against the Dons.