A Change Of Role For Lee Wallace And James Tavernier – Is Caixinha Right In Doing So?
Rangers’ line-up at the start of next season could be almost unrecognisable from the one which slumped to two 5-1 defeats against Celtic last season.
Many punters are already losing count of how many new Latin and Portuguese players have joined the revolution in the last few weeks and long it may continue. The Scottish Premiership badly needs a strong Rangers side to help halt the slump of this competition as a whole and Light Blues boss Pedro Caixinha is certainly doing his bit.
Along with the new arrivals, there could be changes from within, with different roles suggested for full-backs James Tavernier and Lee Wallace. Both players already have an attacking instinct but in the case of Tavernier in particular, you can’t help feeling that a little bit more is needed next term.
A high pressing game could be on the cards for Rangers and perhaps Caixinha is thinking of moving with the current trend of playing three at the back? If so, that would suggest the need for wing-backs rather than full-backs and both players are capable of fulfilling this role.
James Tavernier last season seemed to suggest that he would now prefer a midfield role and while that may not be forthcoming as such, a wing-back position may just bring out of him the sort of attacking instinct which saw him bag 15 goals from right-back when Rangers were playing at Championship level back in 2015/16.
Yes, this league is a step up. But at 25 years of age, the player is still getting better and remains capable of being the club’s own Dani Alves. Wallace, on the other side, has always gone forward to good effect and would also be comfortable in this sort of position.
Furthermore, Wallace is the club captain and you can’t help feel that his being further forward around with the midfielders more would mean him having a great influence on the games.
Caixinha is certainly making big changes to the underwhelming Rangers side we witnessed in their first season back in the top flight, and the club’s supporters are keen for the team to make up for lost time. Thinking outside the box this way may just add another 10% onto what the side can achieve and that can only be a good thing not just for Rangers, but for Scottish football as a whole.