Rangers manager Steven Gerrard will be able to say he has enjoyed his first couple of months since arriving at Ibrox, but while he seems perfectly settled with his home comforts, the club’s away form leaves plenty to be desired.
With eight matches under their belt so far this season, the Light Blues have played four games at home and four away, and while victory has been a constant sight at Ibrox, three points on their travels continues to evade the Gers.
The club go into the international break full of confidence after sinking Hearts, who are the surprise table toppers at this early stage, and return with a clash against Hamilton – another away tie to test Gerrard and his men.
With a title bid on the line, teenage starlet Glenn Middleton has said he knows what it will take to spark the club’s title bid on the line – replicating their home form on the road.
He told the Daily Record: “We have shown we can do it at home and now we need to show we can do it away from home. We will have one game where everything will just click and we will take it from there.
“All it takes is one game away from home and it’ll all click. Last Saturday against Hearts showed we can win the big games and compete with the top teams.”
Now, Middleton might not have been seen as much as the Rangers fans might have hoped this season, with his one start coming in the League Cup, and having been handed just 79 minutes of action in the Premiership, but if Gerrard wants to ignite a hunt for the glory of a title win, he needs to throw the 18-year-old into the deep end.
He might be unproven but in his few appearances from the bench he has looked a handful for opposition defenders, and when something is needed to find that elusive win away from home, an unknown quantity might be the catalyst needed.
Middleton knows an away win is crucial if they want to push for a trophy, and with that passion for the cause, Gerrard needs to roll the dice and ignite both the youngster’s and the club’s season.