Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has admitted there’s a “debate” that the club might need a third striker, despite the electric form of Jermain Defoe and Alfredo Morelos.
The comments come despite the fact the system the Gers boss employs at Rangers only adopts one striker in the starting line-up.
So how do Rangers convince someone to come to Ibrox to play third fiddle to two strikers both chomping at the bit to impress?
“You need two who are as good, hungry and dangerous as each other,” said Gerrard, as quoted by the Scotsman.
“They have to understand it will be horses for courses – sometimes Jermain will suit an opposition, sometimes it will be Alfredo.
“For sure, we are going to need both of them firing if we are to have any ambitions of moving forward.
“There is also a debate that we may need to get a third striker, even though we have other options who can play there.”
The “options” Gerrard refers to will surely include former Dundee, Aberdeen and Kilmarnock forward Greg Stewart.
Whilst the Liverpool legend has used Stewart largely out wide since the 29-year-old joined from Birmingham in the summer, arguably his best footballing years have been enjoyed upfront.
For the time being, Gerrard’s comments hint that should anything happen to Morelos or Defoe, he’ll deputise.
But as for that out-and-out striking back-up, we’ve been caught cold before. Not least against Aberdeen in the league cup last season.
Young Dapo Mebude and Zak Rudden, who’s mysteriously dropped into the background at the club, also represent the young striking options at Rangers.
The form of Defoe and Morelos would suggest that if Rangers are eyeing another option up front, they’ll be a versatile one who can perhaps play in a variety of positions to ensure game time.
Either that or someone young enough to enjoy the experience of learning from our current top two but of high enough quality to deliver right now.
Could we look at the loan market down south after the English window shut up shop until January?
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