Opinion: Gerrard can turn Rangers into a threat once new man is fully integrated

Opinion: Gerrard can turn Rangers into a threat once new man is fully integrated

Despite taking just one win from their first four SPL fixtures, Rangers supporters will still be relatively pleased with most of their team’s performances so far this season under new boss Steven Gerrard.

The Liverpool legend, who succeeded interim manager Graeme Murty back in May, has brought a lot of optimism to Ibrox and has overseen the club’s qualification into the Europa League group stages.

A tough trip to El Madrigal to face La Liga side Villarreal when they kick off their European campaign on Thursday now awaits, but before then Rangers will be looking for their second SPL win of the season when they take on Dundee FC at home later today.

And one man who could feature when Rangers and Dundee take to the Ibrox pitch is Kyle Lafferty.

£900k-rated (via Transfermarkt) Lafferty has looked sharp since returning to the Gers for a second spell during the summer, striking twice on his debut against Motherwell in a 3-3 draw at Fir Park last month.

With Lafferty’s strong start to life at Ibrox, Gerrard is likely to use the Northern Ireland international up front alongside Alfredo Morelos in what could be a very promising partnership that has the potential to fire Rangers up the table and mount a possible title challenge against rivals Celtic.

Gerrard was desperate to bring Lafferty to the club telling reporters (via Daily Record) upon the striker’s arrival: “I’m happy with the signing as it gives us another big option in forward areas. I’ve made no secret how much I rate the player.

“He’s someone players don’t like coming up against and he knows what this club is all about in terms of success and what it takes to achieve it.”

If Gerrard can get the best out of his new signing and have Rangers replicate the competitive performances they have displayed in their Europa League qualification campaign over to the SPL on a consistent basis, then there is no reason why the club cannot reduce the gap at the top.

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