Former Ibrox favourite Kris Boyd has stated that the Rangers defence worries him ahead of today’s clash with Celtic.
The Betfred Cup final could come down to which backline remains the most switched on and dominant over the 90 minutes. For Christopher Jullien and Kristoffer Ajer, there’s a real confidence there after dealing with the likes of M’Baye Niang, Ciro Immobile, and Bilel Omrani in Europe.
However, for Rangers, they need to only look back to Wednesday night for the last time their defence crumbled. Both Filip Helander and Connor Goldson were far too slow, with the latter also poor against us at Ibrox back in September too.
Of course that hasn’t stopped Boyd from tipping Rangers to win the game, surprise surprise. Speaking in the Scottish Sun, however, the defence is his main area of concern:
“The Rangers centre backs worry me. There is a real lack of pace with Connor Goldson and Filip Helander and that’s Celtic’s strength.
“If either of those two defenders drift off and fall asleep then Celtic could take full advantage. But this isn’t a time for Steven Gerrard to tinker with that part of his team.
“I just can’t see Rangers being as sloppy again, which is why I fancy them to lift the cup. Celtic’s domination has to come to an end at some stage and I have a feeling it might just be this weekend.”
Edouard has proven he’s too good for Goldson
We all know Edouard can get at Goldson. He did it on several occasions last season and also got the run on him at Ibrox to give us the lead back in September. The big Frenchman has nothing to prove here.
There will be one fresh duel today when Helander steps out onto the Hampden turf to face Eddy. That is, of course, if Steven Gerrard decides to select the Swedish centre-back.
Interestingly, on Wednesday night, Helander showed he can’t deal with any form of pace. Aberdeen’s Jon Gallagher managed to constantly beat him to long balls as the Rangers man showed an incredible lack of speed at Pittodrie. It set the tone for Aberdeen’s comeback too.
Edouard, meanwhile, is both quick and strong. If he targets Helander this afternoon, he could get a lot of joy out of the big defender. The Ibrox man doesn’t look like he has the attributes to deal with Odsonne, and it’s no wonder that Boyd is worried about that aspect of the game today.
Of course, in typical Boyd fashion, he’s willing to dismiss this when it comes to his full-time verdict. Hands up for who thought he would go for Rangers? Despite the fact there’s not a lot that points to a Rangers success, you still could’ve predicted Boyd to go for them.
Hopefully, Edouard and co prove him and the rest of the Ibrox faithful wrong today. It wouldn’t be the first time and undoubtedly wouldn’t be the last.