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Steven Gerrard has hinted that he may want to bring in another striker before the deadline closes at the beginning of September, per The Daily Record.
The Rangers boss has opened the door to speculation that he may make a tenth signing of the summer in the shape of a forward. The Gers already have Alfredo Morelos and Jermain Defoe in their ranks but have released Kyle Lafferty.
Morelos and Defoe are of course both in red-hot form to start the campaign, but that hasn’t stopped the gaffer hinting at another new arrival at that end of the pitch.
Speaking after his side’s 6-1 obliteration of Hibs, the Gers boss stated: “For sure, we are going to need both of them (Morelos and Defoe) fighting if we are to have any ambitions of moving forward. There is maybe an argument that we need a third striker, but we have other options who can play there.”
With Lafferty gone, Rangers have lost their differential. Obviously, Morelos and Defoe are brilliant, their goal records tell you that, but they are similar players and neither of them will want to play too much with their back to goal when the Gers opt to go more direct.
While this isn’t something Gerrard often does, if his Rangers side are to make inroads in Europe and compete for domestic silverware, a Plan B in the shape of a more physical striker would definitely be useful.
With Greg Stewart and Zak Rudden the only real back-ups in the squad it would make even more sense to chase another forward. Stewart is capable of playing up top but is far more useful as a versatile forward, playing off the striker and out wide. Rudden meanwhile is only 19 and looks unlikely to become a first-team option at this point.
Gerrard is in a nice position with Defoe and Morelos, as there aren’t many clubs in Europe who can boast two proven goalscorers in their ranks. Yet, a move for someone in the mould of Lafferty (maybe someone slightly harder working though) could prove a good decision if Gerrard wants to increase his chances of winning the first silverware of his managerial career this season.