According to a recent report from Sky Sports, Rangers have agreed a deal to take striker Jermain Defoe on loan for the next 18 months. The 36-year-old currently plays his football at Premier League outfit Bournemouth and has done so since leaving Sunderland back in 2017, yet a lack of regular game time under Cherries manager Eddie Howe this season had called his future at the Vitality Stadium into question.
And reports suggest that Steven Gerrard’s Rangers are to seal a deal for the 36-year-old as they seek to bolster their striking ranks, with his exciting and seemingly imminent arrival at Ibrox very much leaving title number 55 in the offing for the Light Blues.
Ultimately, the Light Blues’ 1-0 victory over Old Firm rivals and seven-times defending champions Celtic last month suggests that there could well be a Scottish Premiership title race in the second half of the campaign, which is something that hasn’t been seen for some time such has been the Bhoys’ domination of football north of the border.
Brendan Rodgers’ men currently lead the way but are only ahead of Rangers on goal difference, with it clear that January, and thus the business each team conducts, will play a significant role in where the title ends up come May.
And while Gerrard’s side have been far from goal-shy so far this season, netting 43 goals in their 21 league matches, one does wonder where those goals are coming from were Alfredo Morelos to endure a sustain run out of the team.
The 22-year-old has been in scintillating goal-scoring form for the Light Blues this term with 20 goals and ten assists in all competitions, with that tally of 20 streets ahead of the next top Rangers goal-scorer James Tavernier, who has bagged on nine occasions so far this season.
And with the next top-scoring striker Kyle Lafferty with just four goals, it’s pretty evident just how reliant the Gers are on Morelos’ goals – and with his discipline having been something of a problem this term with three red cards to his name already, that could prove to be an issue for Gerrard in the second half of the campaign.
As such, another hugely accomplished and prolific option is needed in the Rangers ranks to take the weight off Morelos’ shoulders and to also provide a genuine alternative for if and when he isn’t available for selection, and Bournemouth’s Defoe is without doubt the man for the job.
The 36-year-old may well be reaching the twilight of an exceptional career, but one mustn’t forget that he made Gareth Southgate’s England squad only back in 2017 to suggest that he can still produce the goods at a high level – other than Bournemouth, he has proven prolific at every club he has been at during his career.
And with the predatory instincts to get on the end of crosses and through-balls, as well as take up the right positions at the right times in the penalty area, Rangers’ striking ranks would be hugely improved by the Englishman’s arrival – they would carry an even greater goal-threat.
But with this year’s Scottish Premiership title likely to be decided on fine margins, Rangers must make sure that no stone has been left unturned – and the fact that they struggle in Morelos’ absence is certainly something that needs addressing.
And with a deal for Defoe seemingly imminent, title number 55 could very much be in the offing for the Gers in 2019.
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