Steven Gerrard faces a massive dilemma when he takes his side to face Aberdeen on Wednesday night as he decides whether to stick with the budding strike partnership of Alfredo Morelos and Jermain Defoe or let one loose on their one at Pittodrie.

The Gers have used Morelos to great effect as a lone striker this season but his pairing with Defoe showed signs of turning into a formidable duo in time.

Despite Defoe only getting on the scoresheet against St. Mirren through a penalty, the pair combined well and fashioned a number of chances.

20th January 2019, Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow, Scotland; Mid season football friendly, Rangers versus Helsinki; Rangers Manager Steven Gerrard watches his team warm up from inside the tunnel

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Going back to the 4-3-3 used so well this season would likely see Defoe dropping to the bench.

Daniel Candeias would be the obvious candidate to come into the side. The Pittodrie clash would suit Candeias’ hard-working style in a game the Gers really need to win.


Sacrificing a striker for some extra width – and a bit more protection for James Tavernier defensively – makes a lot of sense.

26th December 2018, Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow, Scotland; Ladbrokes Premiership football, Rangers versus Hibernian; Alfredo Morelos of Rangers celebrates after scoring opening goal in the 25th minute

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Gerrard’s side will probably have more to think about defensively than they did at the weekend against St. Mirren.

Players like Gary Mackay-steven and Sam Cosgrove will pose a threat to the Light Blues defence.

Sticking with the two gives the Gers much more fire-power and will give Derek McInnes’ side a different tactical challenge.


Although the Gers have looked pretty poor at times since switching formation, there have been some really positive signs.

Ryan Kent was really effective while playing in a more central position while Defoe and Morelos are both getting into the right areas and finding chances.

With Steven Davis finding his feet in the side, the midfield should continue to improve and there is some real quality there.

20th January 2019, Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow, Scotland; Mid season football friendly, Rangers v Helsinki; New signing, Jermiane Defoe of Rangers warms up

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Gerrard will need to have his side well-drilled in whatever shape he decides to go with.

League leaders Celtic are six points ahead and a defeat would be a massive blow.

Rangers can’t afford another performance like the recent defeat at Rugby Park.

Gerrard likely already knows how his side will line-up on Wednesday night – hopefully it’s the right decision.

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