Sky Sports pundit Andy Walker has given his verdict on Rangers’ performances with Jermain Defoe leading the line rather than Alfredo Morelos – and he believes the Gers are a much different side with the veteran in attack.

Morelos has served three games of a four-game ban and Defoe has filled in fantastically in his absence with a string of fine performances for Steven Gerrard’s side.



Walker believes the Gers play a more free-flowing and mobile style with Defoe in the side and insists they played a “lot of good football” in the 3-1 win over Hearts.

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“As you saw at the weekend, Rangers with Jermain Defoe up in attack, I thought he led the line really well,” Walker told Sky Sports, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.

MOTHERWELL, SCOTLAND - APRIL 07: Jermain Defoe of Rangers and Tom Aldred of Motherwell in action during the Scottish Ladbrokes Premiership match between Motherwell and Rangers at Fir Park on April 07, 2019 in Motherwell, Scotland.

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“I thought you had players like Candeias and Arfield getting up in support of him really well and Rangers played a lot of good football.

“Morelos can occupy a back four all on his own. But I think there is a different style to Rangers when Defoe plays.



“It’s more on the ground. It’s more free-flowing. There’s more movement. There’s more mobility.”

Morelos will sit out this weekend’s match with Aberdeen before he is available for selection again – and it will surely give Gerrard a massive headache.

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - MARCH 08: Alfredo Morelos of Rangers shoots at goal during the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Hibernian and Rangers at Easter Road on March 08, 2019 in Edinburgh, United Kingdom.

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Having two quality centre forwards is a great problem to have, however, and it’ll be interesting to see how Gerrard manages both in the final few games of the season.

If Morelos does come straight back into the side, the Colombian may have to adjust a bit to accommodate the new style the Gers have utilised.

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