Glasgow Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has said that Jermain Defoe’s injury against Motherwell was a blow, and that it could well force the Gers into the transfer market.
The Gers played their Scottish rivals at Ibrox on Wednesday night in their latest friendly match, and they put in an impressive performance as they prevailed 4-0 thanks to strikes from Ryan Kent, Ianis Hagi, Joe Aribo and an own goal. However, Defoe needed to come off only 20 minutes after replacing Alfredo Morelos due to a hamstring issue.
Speaking after the match, the former Liverpool man said:
“The only disappointment from tonight is Jermain’s injury.
“[We don’t know] the extent, but we know what it is. We believe it’s a hamstring [injury] but until we scan it we won’t know how long it’s going to be and the extent.”
I went on record last week to say I’d like to add in that area, in terms of the firepower, so it might push us even more in that direction to get something done.”
Indeed, this does leave Gerrard in a difficult position up front – as it stands, Morelos is now the only fit senior centre-forward available, and he continues to be linked with a move away from the 54-time Scottish champions (The Daily Mail via The Scottish Sun).
Will Morelos be at Rangers next season?
As the boss rightly says, he has already pointed out that his side will look to bring in more options up front, but now they have no choice but to do so. This is also an indication that, at the age of 37, Defoe’s fitness levels can no longer be relied upon. With the Premiership season set to start in just over a week, Ross Wilson has plenty of work to do.
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