In recent weeks, the Gers have struggled to find the net. In fact, they have scored just four goals in their last seven outings in all competitions.

Thankfully, a strong defence, particularly at Ibrox, has ensured that only two of those fixtures have ended in defeat.

With Alfredo Morelos serving suspensions, Kyle Lafferty has struggled to pick up the slack. The Northern Irishman is goalless in his last 13 matches for club and country.

Lafferty is in a rut, but it’s not for the want of trying. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

As a result, the hunt is on for a new striker in January.

Meanwhile, 19-year-old Andy Dallas has been banging them in. He scored a hat-trick for the reserves in a 5-0 win over Kilmarnock, a brace for the U20s against Rapid Vienna and notched another for the reserves at Hearts on Monday.

He couldn’t be in better form.

Should he get a go in the first team?

His performances earned him a place on the bench against Hamilton at the weekend. Yet, the game played out in perhaps the only way that denied him an appearance.

Had Rangers been winning comfortably, he might have got a ten minute run out. Had they been chasing the game, Gerrard might have gambled with him.

Unfortunately for Dallas though, neither of those scenarios transpired.

There is no doubt the youngster is in superb touch. However, this is a crucial period for the Gers, and after failing to feature on Sunday, one can’t help but feel his opportunity is gone for the minute.

Barring any more suspensions, Morelos should start from now until the break, with Lafferty providing cover on the bench.

Gerrard’s man main Morelos, returned to SPL action last night. (Photo by Josef Bollwein/SEPA.Media /Getty Images)

Dallas will have to keep plugging away in the Reserves, and hope that forward areas aren’t strengthened too much next month.

Maybe in that instance, a chance will come his way in the new year.

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