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Rangers striker Florian Kamberi sends a message

In 45 swift minutes, Rangers were left feeling a mixture of emotions.

Having come from a goal down, Steven Gerrard’s men were 2-1 up, only to then draw 2-2 with St Johnstone.

It was a difficult result to take, but there was at least one positive for the manager to seize from the encounter.

Off the bench

At half-time, Gerrard decided to gamble by taking off a defender and putting on a forward.

Off came Andy Halliday and on come the tall 6 foot 4 frame of Florian Kamberi.

The Albanian hasn’t been afforded too much football since he walked through the doors of Ibrox and this was just his fourth appearance in the blue of Rangers.

However, despite drawing the clash, he put in a fantastic performance which should have sent a major statement to Gerrard and his staff. After all, his nearest competition for a place in the side – Alfredo Morelos – has yet to score in the league since the turn of the year.

Staking a claim

If there was a week to put yourself firmly in the mind of your manager, it would be one that involves a huge night in Europe.

On Wednesday evening, Rangers will travel to Portugal for the second leg of their Europa League tie with Braga. Boasting a one-goal advantage after their 3-2 victory, they sit in pole position, although away goals could come into things.

Not only did Kamberi score last weekend but he also assisted Joe Aribo’s strike as he put in a thoroughly convincing all-action display.

It could be a performance that puts himself firmly in the manager’s thoughts for a starting role in midweek too.

Speaking after the game, the striker commented: “I will be ready whenever he [Gerrard] gives me the chance and I am ready to do the dirty work up front in Braga if that’s what I’m asked to do as I’ve been used to doing dirty work in the Scottish Premiership.”

Should Kamberi start?

Definitely

Definitely

No thanks

No thanks

The 24-year-old committed one foul, using his gigantic frame to effect on numerous occasions as he showed a bullish attitude usually associated with Morelos. However, it wasn’t the Colombian doing the dirty work on Sunday – it was Kamberi.

Morelos, though, will be suspended when Rangers fly out to Portugal and therefore, Gerrard will need someone he can rely on.

Kamberi showed at the weekend that could be him. If he gets the nod in the week and performs, there’s every reason to suggest he should start regularly. Morelos needs to watch out.

Meanwhile, Rangers can soften their INJURY BLOW in unorthodox fashion…

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