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Rangers: Gerrard must unleash Fashion Sakala

Rangers travel to Fir Park on Sunday afternoon as they look to extend their lead at the top of the Premiership table.

The Gers went into the weekend two points clear at the summit, with seven wins, three draws and one defeat in 11 top-flight matches.

Steven Gerrard’s side came from 2-0 down to draw with Aberdeen earlier this week in their last Premiership match, with Alfredo Morelos and James Tavernier finding the net.

Imagine him & Morelos

One change that Gerrard must make to the XI is the introduction of Fashion Sakala in place of Romanian forward Ianis Hagi.

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Imagine a front three of Morelos and Sakala with Kemar Roofe in support. It could strike fear into the Motherwell defenders, as the trio have contrasting styles and different threats which would allow Rangers to mix up how they play going forward.

Whilst the Zambia international has the pace and movement to make runs in behind and stretch the defence, Morelos can hold up the ball and then find space in the penalty box to poach goals.

Ross Wilson previously hailed the pace and power that Sakala is able to provide for Gerrard’s squad upon the 24-year-old’s arrival at Ibrox earlier in the summer. 

The Gers’ sporting director said: “Fashion has had an excellent season in Belgium and we believe he will develop further still working with all of our staff at the training ground. Fashion is a determined, humble and positive guy and we are sure he will fit the group here.

“We wanted to add more pace and power to the group across January and the summer and I am pleased that we have done that, firstly with Scott Wright and now with Fashion Sakala. I know Steven and the coaches are excited to work with Fashion and I am sure that he will further enhance his growing reputation here with Rangers.”

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We published an article explaining why Hagi should be axed from the starting XI, and Sakala could be the ideal replacement to come in and form a partnership with Morelos. The Zambian’s aforementioned pace could suit the Colombian’s slower style to create variation in the Gers’ attack, whilst his one goal and one assist in two Premiership starts suggests that he has the potential to make an impact in the final third.

His dynamism could help to unlock the Motherwell defence and create space for Morelos and Roofe to do their damage in the final third. That is why Gerrard must unleash him on Sunday, not least as he has already scored against Graham Alexander’s side this season…

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