With Celtic playing in the Scottish League Cup final, Rangers were able to climb to the top of the SPL table on Sunday after beating Hearts 2-1 at Tynecastle in a victory where Alfredo Morelos was once again on the scoresheet.
The Colombian has been in fine form this season under Steven Gerrard, which has meant a lack of starting XI opportunities for summer signing Kyle Lafferty, much to his frustration.
Lafferty joined Rangers from Hearts in the last transfer window for a second spell at Ibrox and made a great start upon his return to the Glasgow club after netting twice in his first start in a 3-3 draw with Motherwell back in August.
However, the 31-year-old has since found game time hard to come by, citing the recent goal-scoring displays of Morelos as to why.
“I want to play as many games as possible,” Lafferty told Rangers TV (via HITC). I haven’t really played as much football as I wanted, but when you have a striker who plays in my position and is scoring goals and doing well for the team it is difficult to get in, unless the manager decides to go with two up-front.
“But I knew I wouldn’t be coming here to play every single game and as long as the team is winning and I’m getting an odd minute here and there I’m happy.”
As alluded to by Lafferty himself, unless Gerrard changes to a system that uses two strikers up front, he faces an uphill task getting into the team given how Morelos has been playing of late.
That being said, Lafferty still has much to offer Rangers with his brace versus Motherwell showing exactly what he can provide when called upon. For now, though, he will have to remain patient with Morelos showing no signs of slowing down.