Gerrard can't make the same mistake this weekend
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Alfredo Morelos and Kyle Lafferty need to be kept separate on Sunday

The partnership between Kyle Lafferty and Alfredo Morelos hasn’t been a fruitful one, and it can’t start on Saturday.

Celtic arrive at Ibrox this weekend looking to put some daylight between the sides at the top-of-the-table. Meanwhile, Rangers will be desperate to hammer home their title-credentials and get that long-awaited league win over long-time foes.

It’s set to be a cracking match, with every move from each bench analysed to a great extent. That means everything from the starting line-ups, the substitutes, and the tactical tweaks will be looked at. On a day where the world stops in this country, nothing will go unnoticed.

Alfredo Morelos is the man in form and must start against Celtic (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Therefore, it’s imperative that Steven Gerrard gives himself a good start and avoids the temptation to go with two up top.

The Rangers manager gave it a go in the last Old Firm game. Just weeks after Lafferty had signed for the club from Hearts, he put in a dreadful display against Brendan Rodgers’ men at Parkhead. Failing to hold the ball up and consistently fouling opposition players, it was a match to forget.

A failed system

Meanwhile, the two up top system failed to get the best out of Morelos. To be fair to the duo, it was a brand-new partnership at the time, with the two still getting used to each other.

The point is, however, that there’s been nothing to suggest that anything has improved between their partnership.

The lack of an attacking midfielder is going to be a big blow. Scott Arfield is out through injury, and Gerrard will be shifting through his options. One of those may very well be going with two up top, but it just can’t happen.

Kyle Lafferty is still looking to find some form at Ibrox (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

It’s a match where Rangers will need to win the midfield battle. At Parkhead, Celtic had a larger number in the engine room, and it led them to an easy win against Gerrard’s men. It simply can’t be the same this weekend for them as they make the short journey to Ibrox.

Rangers have to give themselves as best a chance as possible. Morelos is thriving, whilst Lafferty continues to try and find some form.

Whilst some may say this would be the perfect game to get Lafferty firing, it’s just too risky. He’s only bagged four goals since arriving in August, and hasn’t done anything to suggest he’s going to improve on it.

Gerrard’s best bet is sticking with Morelos and to let him try and terrorise the Celtic defence himself.

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