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.

The Colombian striker has been subject to constant transfer rumours for over a year now, with Eintracht Frankfurt reportedly preparing a bid according to the Daily Record.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 18: Alfredo Morelos of Rangers celebrates scoring his third goal of the game during the UEFA Europa League First Qualifying round 2nd Leg match between Rangers and St Joseph at Ibrox Stadium on July 18, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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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.

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“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.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 18: Alfredo Morelos of Rangers celebrates scoring the second goal of the game for Rangers during the UEFA Europa League First Qualifying round 2nd Leg match between Rangers and St Joseph at Ibrox Stadium on July 18, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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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.

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