Barry Ferguson believes Alfredo Morelos is the “main man” for Rangers and insists Jermain Defoe and Kyle Lafferty need to step up and fill the gap left by the Colombian.

Morelos is currently serving a three-match ban and the Gers drew a blank against Kilmarnock in the Scottish Cup without him.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 29: Blackpool manager Barry Ferguson during the Sky Bet Championship match between Queens Park Rangers and Blackpool at Loftus Road on March 29, 2014 in London, England.

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Ferguson believes Morelos was “badly missed” at Rugby Park and the Gers need to find the answer quickly.

“I think Rangers were solid enough defensively but for me, he is a massive miss,” Ferguson told PLZSoccer.

“I don’t care what anybody says, he’s the main man for Rangers and they need to find a solution if he is suspended.

“That’s where Defoe and Kyle Lafferty need to step in and start scoring goals, but he is their main player and he is being badly missed.”

LIVINGSTON, SCOTLAND - JANUARY 27: Alfredo Morelos of Rangers looks on during the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Livingston and Rangers at Tony Macaroni Arena on January 27, 2019 in Livingston, United Kingdom.

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Morelos will sit out the next two league games following his ban for an incident with Aberdeen’s Scott McKenna.


The Colombian has been vital to Gerrard’s side and were unable to find the same success with Defoe at Rugby Park.

Defoe has quickly found a rhythm though and has hit the net three times in five games – with a further four assists.

KILMARNOCK, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 09: Jermain Defoe of Rangers battles for possession with Youssouf Mulumbu of Kilmarnock FC during the Scottish Cup 5th Round match between Kilmarnock and Rangers at Rugby Park on February 9, 2019 in Kilmarnock, Scotland.

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Trying to play the same way Defoe as works with Morelos was never likely to work as they are so different as players.

Given a strike partner, Defoe can be much more effective than trying to hold up high balls forward.

It will be interesting to see how Gerrard sets his side out on Saturday when St. Johnstone visit Ibrox.

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