Rangers manager Gio van Bronckhorst may be forced to be creative with his squad at Ibrox in the coming weeks as he faces a big issue at the top end of the pitch with his Gers team.
Ex-Leeds forward Kemar Roofe has suffered a fresh injury blow and it remains to be seen how much of the campaign he will miss.
“We don’t know the exact injury or how long he’s going to be out. We have to wait until the doctor tells us the extent of the injury.”
The injury to Roofe has left the Dutchman with a big issue as Alfredo Morelos is his only senior, natural, centre-forward, with Fashion Sakala currently being deployed in a wide role.
With games coming thick and fast over the festive period, rotation may be vital for the Gers and they cannot afford to play Alfredo Morelos in every single game. Therefore, if Roofe is out for a number of matches then the 43-year-old may need to dip into the academy pool to find a stand-in until the ex-Anderlecht man is able to return.
One player he could look to is teenage forward Tony Weston. The former Blackpool man has been in sensational form for the B Team. He scored 15 goals in the Lowland League by the start of December and has since added a 16th strike, to go along with his five goals in eight cup outings. This means that he has found the back of the net a whopping 21 times in all competitions for the reserves.
With that in mind, it’s clear to see why he was dubbed “clinical” by Gers coach Steven Smith.
His ex-Blackpool manager Simon Grayson once lauded his enthusiasm for the game too, saying:
“He’s got so much enthusiasm. The lads were watching what he was doing, where his pure enthusiasm and love of being a professional footballer is at the front of his mind.
“He’s got 30-year-old lads behind him in the warm-up and I’ve never known a 16- year-old lead with stuff like that. He’s got confidence in his ability and it’s great for him.”
Weston’s sublime form for the B Team suggests that he could be deserving of a chance to make the step up to the senior side. He could come in and help plug a gap whilst Roofe is injured and allow van Bronckhorst to rest Morelos, in order to prevent the Colombian from being overworked and picking up any knocks of his own.
Therefore, the ex-Feyenoord coach must hand this huge opportunity to the teenager to see whether or not he is able to adapt to playing senior football.