Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has admitted that it’s unrealistic to expect Jermain Defoe or Alfredo Morelos to play every minute between now and Christmas if the Gers have a strong European run.
However, the Gers boss’ comments suggest that he’s not going to go into the new season with only one recognised senior striker – while hoping for a “huge season” from Morelos.
“We hope it’s a huge season ahead for him, from a personal point of view and for us,” Gerrard told The Herald.
“He is a top, top striker. He got a bit of a niggle in pre-season, which set him back a little bit, but he has been in full training for quite a while now and he is looking better each day.
“The hat-trick will do his confidence the world of good. It’s great to have two top 9s to pick from.
“They will both want to play every minute of every game, but I don’t think it’s realistic to ask a player to play Thursday-Sunday all the way to Christmas if we have a strong European run.”
Morelos scored 30 times last season and has already bagged four in two competitive games so far in the campaign.
If Morelos does leave before the end of the transfer window, then it seems certain that Gerrard will be forced into the market for a replacement.
Defoe has shown his importance with his form at the end of last season but there’s absolutely no way the veteran can carry the scoring burden in both domestic and European games.