Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has hinted at a return to the side for Kyle Lafferty as he tries to deal with Alfredo Morelos’ absence.

The Gers used Jermain Defoe as a lone striker with little joy in the 0-0 draw with Kilmarnock on Saturday.

COWDENBEATH, SCOTLAND - JANUARY 30: Rangers manager Steven Gerrard looks on during the rearranged Scottish Cup match between Cowdenbeath and Rangers at Central Park on January 30, 2019 in Cowdenbeath, Scotland.

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Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph, Gerrard suggested a change could be afoot for this weekend’s clash with St. Johnstone.

“They (Morelos and Defoe) are two different types of players,” Gerrard said.

“They are obviously both very strong in front of goal, but they are very different, so we have to adapt to whoever it is that’s leading the line.

COWDENBEATH, SCOTLAND - JANUARY 30: Robbie Buchanan of Cowdenbeath vies with Kyle Lafferty of Rangers during the rearranged Scottish Cup match between Cowdenbeath and Rangers at Central Park on January 30, 2019 in Cowdenbeath, Scotland.

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“We also have Kyle (Lafferty) in the running as well. We might decide to go down a different way.

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“That’s for me to work out in the coming days and weeks, but we are definitely in a stronger position when you think about what position we were in with just two strikers in the first six months.”

Since returning to Ibrox in August, Lafferty has only managed eight starts from his 21 appearances.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 05: Kyle Lafferty of Rangers shoots at goal during the Scottish Ladbrokes Premiership match between Rangers and Aberdeen at Ibrox Stadium on December 5, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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With Morelos sitting out the next two league games, the Gers can’t afford to fire blanks in front of goal.

While Lafferty hasn’t set the world alight since his return, he’s always capable of popping up with a goal at vital times.

Given a run of games, he could be very useful to Gerrard’s side in the coming weeks as the season reaches its climax.