Rangers manager Mark Warburton has explained in the Glasgow Evening Times where he felt his team made a mistake in the recent friendly game against Burnley.
Rangers went down 1-0 at the hands of the freshly relegated Premier League team, focusing on an error he saw in his back four as one of the main things he wants to change before the Scottish Championship gets underway.
“We just dropped five or 10 yards too deep for the first time and they punished us. Margins are fine,” he’s quoted by the Glasgow Evening Times.
“But against players who played in the Premier League last year I thought it was a very good evening’s work. But we’re never happy to lose a game of football.”
Higher line needed
Warburton needs to find a way to get Rangers to move their defensive line a bit higher up the pitch.
Any side that sits deep is always running a risk because it invites pressure on from the opposition, who are encouraged to camp inside their opponent’s half as they take control of a game.
It’s the responsibility of the manager and the senior players in those situations to get instructions through the team quickly, to get the side higher up the pitch.
David Weir is a good man for Warburton to have in the dug-out during those situations because of his experience as a defender.
Does Warburton want Rangers to counter attack?
One advantage which can be gained for a side that sits deep is taking advantage of the opposition on the counter attack with pace and playing the ball into space.
It’s a tactic that Rangers will have to use at some point over the course of the season, but hopefully one they won’t come to rely on.