After Rangers’ defeat to Aberdeen in the Scottish League Cup this season, manager Steven Gerrard highlighted a lack of quality up front.
The manager may not necessarily have been pointing the finger at Umar Sadiq, who played in that game but has rarely featured this season, but at The Gers’ strikers in general.
None of the Scottish giants’ forwards have looked particularly impressive this season. Alfredo Morelos has looked good in flashes, but also slightly suspect in others- not to mention his poor discipline. Kyle Lafferty, meanwhile, has looked off the pace for much of the season.
Therefore, to solve this attacking crisis, Gerrard may need to look to the younger generation to keep Rangers competitive this season, and 19-year-old Andy Dallas may be the answer. The striker is yet to feature for the Glasgow club, but desperate times call for desperate measures.
This could well be a solution that seemed improbable at one point, but could be a masterstroke that brings Rangers a lot of success. It’s a shot in the dark, but football has a long history of managers gambling with some players and it paying off.
While he may not be an instant impact this season, so many pundits have written off Rangers’ chances of success that Gerrard has nothing to lose in playing him. This could give him exposure to the Scottish Premiership ahead of next season, where the club may want to mount a stronger challenge for the title.
Rangers currently sit in third place in the league, behind Celtic and Hearts. While many expect bitter rivals Celtic to take the league this season, Rangers may have a hidden gem in Dallas that could bring them glory.