Not that they’d like to admit it, but Glasgow Rangers can count themselves lucky they qualified for the Europa League knockout stages last night.
It wasn’t their best performance, and it showed, as Steven Gerrard’s side simply weren’t at the races against Standard Liege, particularly in the first half, as Alfredo Morelos and Kemar Roofe struggled to get a foothold in the game.
Despite scoring three times, the pair put in some of the worst performances of the night, as they couldn’t get on the scoresheet.
Both Morelos and Roofe took just one shot on target – which was less than Connor Goldson and James Tavernier managed between them – and failed to record a single key pass.
With this in mind, there is a case of Gerrard to start to consider other options, not least against Ross County in the Scottish Premiership on Sunday.
So who could replace them upfront?
Well, we think there is a case for Jermain Defoe to come into the starting line-up and lead the line.
Last season, the 38-year-old was the club’s top scorer in the Scottish Premiership, with 13 goals in 20 games. However, since then he has started just twice in the SPFL, which is quite surprising for a player of his obvious talents.
Marlon Harewood recently described his former teammate as an “unbelievable” talent in an exclusive interview with FFC whilst Gerrard has admitted “it’s fantastic to have so many options”, as quoted by The Daily Record.
Valued at £1.2m via Transfermarkt, the former England international scored 143 goals and supplied 31 assists in over 300 appearances for Tottenham Hotspur in all competitions.
Obviously, Defoe is a very different player now to what he was back then, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing, especially with the ever-reliable Ryan Kent providing pace on the left wing.
In fact, we’d even go so far as to say he has often been neglected by Gerrard so far this season, which makes little sense when the manager clearly rates him so highly. Now he needs to be given the time to shine against Ross County at Victoria Park, having scored three goals in his past six games.
AND in other news, Forget Goldson: Rangers’ Leon Balogun stole the show with masterclass vs Liege…