Rangers suffered another morale-sapping defeat on Sunday afternoon as they were held to a 2-2 draw away at St Johnstone in a game in which Florian Kamberi impressed from the substitutes bench.
Kamberi was signed on loan from Hibernian on January deadline day but he is yet to be included in Steven Gerrard’s starting XI.
The 24-year-old striker, though, got his longest run out since signing for the club on Sunday, completing a full 45 minutes after being sent on at half-time to replace Andy Halliday.
And Gerrard’s decision was thoroughly vindicated as Kamberi got the visitors back into the game after 50 minutes before he provided the assist for Joe Aribo’s 71st minute strike.
It was the type of performance which will give the Gers boss food for thought ahead of Thursday’s trip to Braga, and BBC Sport pundit Brian McLauchlin has suggested he could have played his way into the starting XI.
“For the visitors, Kamberi showed he has a real talent for finding the net and may find himself in the XI in Braga in midweek.”
Given the quality of his display on Sunday, it’s difficult to argue against Kamberi’s credentials for a starting berth next time out.
But the suggestion from McLauchlin begs one key question: who will make way for the Albanian attacker?
Alfredo Morelos has been in dismal form since returning from the international break and is yet to bag a single goal in the SPFL in 2020.
The Colombia international has often been perceived as an undroppable talent, but his performances of late raise serious questions about his place in the side amid Kamberi’s promising opening to life at Ibrox.
Naturally, Gerrard could also start both strikers in a 4-4-2 formation, but that would be a big gamble in such a high-magnitude fixture.
Either way, Kamberi has made a huge statement to his boss ahead of Thursday’s exciting second-leg showdown in the Europa League.