After months of intense hype and a flurry of transfer activity in the Scottish capital, Rangers finally kicked off their Scottish Premiership campaign on Sunday afternoon against Aberdeen with a 1-1 draw despite playing with 10 men for the majority of proceedings.
Indeed, Alfredo Morelos was dismissed just 12 minutes into the new campaign under hugely controversial circumstances for what the referee perceived as a dangerous off the ball challenge. Although there’s no doubt that Morelos kicked out at his opposite number, he was incredibly unfortunate to receive his marching orders for the incident.
However, the Colombian’s petulance will certainly concern Gerrard for the season ahead, so the addition of a clinical striker with a better disciplinary record should be his primary focus during the final weeks of the transfer window.
With that being said, Rangers should look no further than Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham…
With the likes of Alvaro Morata, Olivier Giroud and Michy Batshuayi ahead of him in the pecking order there’s almost no chance that Abraham will be afforded an opportunity to prove himself next season, especially after struggling at Swansea during the 2017/18 campaign.
Abraham’s failure to impress with the Swans was rather surprising given the success he enjoyed at Bristol City in the 2016/17 season in which he notched 23 goals from just 41 appearances in the Championship.
The fact he only collected 3 yellow cards during the same period of time and was never shown a red card suggests that he possesses the temperament to deal with the rugged approach which plenty of SPFL defenders implement to get under the skin of strikers, such as Morelos.
At this stage it’s likely that Chelsea will be eager to sell Abraham rather than allow him to leave on loan again next season, but the 20-year-old’s failure to find the net on a regular basis at Swansea will almost certainly force them to sanction another loan before they can expect to receive a fair offer for his services.
Taking Rangers’, Chelsea’s and Abraham’s circumstances into consideration, it appears that a loan deal, although audacious from Gerrard’s perspective, is in the best interest of all parties concerned, so Rangers would be wise to propose a season-long loan deal before a Premier League club swoops in to secure his signature.
Rangers fans – thoughts? Let us know below!