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Glasgow Rangers’ struggles in front of goal appeared to be in danger of being repeated at Ibrox Stadium before Ryan Jack’s impressive volley against Kilmarnock saw them move 21 points ahead of Celtic atop the Scottish Premiership.
Scoring just one goal per game has become a bad habit for Steven Gerrard’s team in recent weeks – he’s only scored once in his last four Premiership accessories.
In fact, upon closer inspection, only one of his last Three The goals have come from one of the forward positions, with Ianis Hagi ending his drought of mini goals against St Johstone, although that will not be as much comfort for the Ibrox manager as he plans for the trip to Antwerp, rivals of the Europa League.
There are two ways to look at the Rangers’ record in front of goal in recent weeks. One is that this is a team without Alfredo Morelos and Kemar Roofe but they have still managed to overcome adversity. Another is that they lack any real alternatives to the aforementioned duo. Both statements are probably true.
However, while Jack scored what many can argue is undoubtedly a goal-of-the-season contender this weekend, what he does tell us is that Gerrard still lacks options at the top of the field.
As is often the case in soccer, it is only a problem if it becomes a habit, as evidenced by its recent form. Passing Killie just isn’t enough.
Ryan Kent is now gone four sets without a goal or an assist, and while Cedric Itten could eventually turn out well, it’s clearly too early for the 24-year-old summer arrival to be trusted to lead the line should Morelos or Roofe be ruled out for whatever reason in the game. future. Giving him the responsibility of being the Gers leader at the top is a heavy burden for someone still trying to adjust to the rigors of Scottish football.
He’s a long way from the way he saw Kent score four goals in the first seven Premiership games at the start of the season and he’s clearly fighting for confidence in a Rangers jersey.
The Ibrox boss may have been satisfied with the result on Saturday, but he will not be satisfied with the overall performance of his team.
Gerrard had better figure it out before traveling to Antwerp for the Europa League tie on Thursday. Otherwise, you could get a pretty nasty shock.
The Gers boss will undoubtedly be concerned that his team is failing in attack, and will hope that the rest of his attacking players can step up in the absence of key players and put on their shooting boots.
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