Steven Gerrard made a surprising transfer admission on Sunday, as quoted by the Scotsman.
The Rangers manager was speaking after watching his side dismantle Hibernian 6-1 in the pouring rain at Ibrox.
It was a commanding display from the Gers, which showed the home supporters a new-found potency.
FULL-TIME: Rangers 6-1 Hibernian
👏 A dominant display at Ibrox. pic.twitter.com/jRsJaclJEj
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) August 11, 2019
Rangers may need another striker to compete
Five of the six goals were shared between Jermain Defoe (hat-trick) and Alfredo Morelos (brace). Yet, Gerrard still suggested he could dip into the market in search for a third out-and-out forward.
“You need two who are as good, hungry and dangerous as each other,” he said, as quoted by the Scotsman. “They have to understand it will be horses for courses – sometimes Jermain will suit an opposition, sometimes it will be Alfredo.”
“For sure, we are going to need both of them firing if we are to have any ambitions of moving forward. There is also a debate that we may need to get a third striker, even though we have other options who can play there.”
It’s interesting that Gerrard would make a comment like this, especially considering just a day previously, he claimed the Gers were 99.9% done in the transfer market [Daily Record]. In that interview, he suggested that there would only be further additions if players left the club.
Now it seems as if that may not be the case.
The problem is, though, how does he recruit a new striker if he can’t guarantee them playing time?
He’s already spoken about how both Morelos and Defoe must accept that they will not play every week. With Gerrard almost always playing one up front, naturally, one of the two strikers is going to be left out of each starting XI.
If another forward arrives, two players are left unhappy with their lot before each game.
Gerrard’s rationale is understandable. If either Morelos or Defoe picks up an injury, then Rangers’ attacking resources look extremely bare.
Yet, you have to wonder whether it’s realistic, given the current situation, that he could really add another proven striker to the ranks this month.