Rangers return to league action this weekend as they face Hamilton Academical this weekend in what is a crucial game for the club as they look to remain in the hunt for the top spot.
Under Steven Gerrard, Rangers have enjoyed a slight resurgence this season. After a long and gruelling Europa League qualifying campaign, Rangers pulled off a superb draw against Villareal last month and since then, they have won four of their last five games.
Going into the international break, Rangers beat league leaders Hearts 3-1 but this weekend, they will be without key forward, Kyle Lafferty. The Northern Ireland forward pulled out of his side’s Nations League games against Austria and Bosnia & Herzegovina with an apparent injury.
Following that, Rangers confirmed that the forward was indeed fit. As a result of his late withdrawal, the Irish FA is looking to invoke a rule that would stop him play against Hamilton this Sunday.
All is not lost, however, as Lafferty, who has times played on the wing, has a replacement waiting in the wings in the form of Liverpool loanee, Ryan Kent.
Up front, Steven Gerrard has usually deployed a single forward up front in the league, who for most of the season has been Ecuadorian striker Alfredo Morelos. So far this season, Morelos has been a star man for Rangers and has scored 11 goals in 19 games in all competitions while also registering six assists.
For most of the season, Lafferty has either been played on the wing, with Morelos or as a substitute for the striker. With Lafferty out this weekend, Rangers could look to a more natural fit on the wing and Gerrard could once again look to use Kent who has played seven games in the league.
The talented winger has been a solid performer in the side. He’s scored two goals in the league and was superb in the club’s game against Hearts before the international break. While Lafferty is one of the best forwards in the league, with Morelos up front and Kent on the wing, Rangers won’t lose too much in attack this weekend.