Steven Gerrard has never had the luxury of using the preseason to experiment before with the Europa League qualifiers already underway in each of his previous three seasons.
But it would be remiss to think that the Rangers boss does not treat these friendlies with the utmost importance with the Champions League qualification starting next month.
Gerrard has secured John Lundstram and Fashion Sakala but Nnamdi Oforoboh faces a wait after his ECG test produced a ‘red flag’.
But Ibrox manager’s job is far from over in terms of new staff and roster adjustments as he mentioned following the clash with the Gunners.
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Speaking to Rangers TV, he said: “I think once everyone is back and once we have the team in place – we’re always looking to add something to it as well – so once we have the right staff, I have to have variety because some teams, and some managers, will try to stop this system if they have seen it for a few years now. ”
Gerrard has spoken at length about how he would seek to find ways to put star right-backs James Tavernier and Nathan Patterson in the same starting XI.
The 41-year-old’s note that he’s looking to “maybe add something to it” will thrill fans and it will be for good reason if it turns out to be Joey Veerman.
The Dutch schemer is valued at around £ 7million and he looks set to leave Heerenveen despite his plans to move to Hellas Veronas hitting the skates.
Gerrard is said to love the 22-year-old and his field of vision and passing likely reminds the Liverpool icon of some of his best attributes.
A player like Veerman can play multiple positions in midfield – he has Steven Davis’ passing ability and Scott Arfield’s goal threat.
If Rangers are to adapt and evolve, then someone like Heerenveen has the skills to thrive in multiple formations.
Ibrox boss knows his squad will be better when Borna Barisic and Alfredo Morelos return, but a player with burgeoning potential from Veerman could make a real difference as well.