Former Ibrox captain Barry Ferguson has called on Rangers to bring a nastier edge to their performances away from home, urging Steven Gerrard’s side to ‘fight fire with fire’.
As well as things are going under Gerrard so far at the Gers, there’s still one area that can be massively improved upon and that’s picking up results away from home in the Scottish Premiership.
We’ve failed to win on our travels so far in league action, drawing twice and losing another two, something that needs to change quickly if we’re to move up the table.
Gerrard’s men will have another chance to pick up an away league win when the international break ends, travelling to Hamilton Accies next Sunday.
Ferguson knows all about how to get the job done on the road in Scotland and has called on Rangers to get stuck into away teams in the same manner they do to Rangers.
Writing in his Daily Record column, the former Gers captain said:
The ferocity of endeavour by rival sides on their own grounds appears to have taken many of the current Rangers squad by surprise, but they’ve already proven to be quick learners.
They hardly need me to tell them how to adapt to win away from home, but I will anyway – and it all comes down to fighting fire with fire.
Rival players want to make it as horrible and difficult an environment as possible, so that inevitably means changing the way you play until the battle of wills is won and you can dictate the action on your own terms.
They want to go nose to nose? Good, bring it on – do it right back. I’ll tell you, it won’t always make for a classic 90 minutes but when you’re showered, on the bus and on your way home, those three points in your pocket don’t half feel good.
There’s no doubt that while the Gers are more than capable of blowing away teams at Ibrox, they’ve failed to really rise to the intensity of playing in a more hostile environment.
Gerrard will recognise that of course as a leader for his entire playing career, but hopefully we can see him transfer some of that passion and attitude into the team’s performances outside of Govan.
Ferguson has summed up what’s lacking away from home perfectly. Can the team respond with a big win away to Hamilton?
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