Former Premiership striker Noel Whelan has lauded Rangers’ on-loan striker Florian Kamberi and feels that he could soon push Alfredo Morelos for a place in Steven Gerrard’s starting line-up.
The 24-year-old, who was loaned to Ibrox by Hibernian last month, scored his first goal for the ‘Gers in their 2-2 draw at St Johnstone on Sunday, having also set up Joe Aribo’s strike at McDiarmid Park (as per Sky Sports), and Whelan feels that he could go on to make a significant impact for the Light Blues.
Speaking to Football Insider about Kamberi, he said: “He looks like a good signing. It goes to show they have done their due diligence on players. Ianis Hagi and Kamberi look like they are going to be a big part of the team for years to come. It was a great finish and good performance but if you cannot defend properly you are not going to get anything out of games.
“The goal will do him the world of good going into the second leg and maybe Morelos will have to work for his place when he comes back from suspension!”
While Whelan’s comment about Kamberi possibly making Morelos fight for his place could have been said tongue-in-cheek, perhaps it is not an implausible idea given the contrasting fortunes of the two players of late. Kamberi might not have had a great deal of game-time for Rangers so far but he goes into Wednesday’s Europa League clash against Braga off the back of an effective display in Perth which was lauded by a number of ‘Gers fans.
By contrast, top scorer Morelos has endured a miserable start to 2020, with just one goal in eight appearances this year and facing criticism from some fans for antics such as being booked for simulation. The glaring chance he missed in the recent draw against Aberdeen summed up his misfortune in front of goal in recent weeks and he will miss the trip to Braga due to suspension, which should give Kamberi an opportunity to start.
Should Rangers sign Kamberi permanently?
If that happens and if the 24-year-old capitalises on it, Gerrard would keep him in the team if picking players on form rather than reputation. Perhaps Whelan’s remark about Morelos needing to work for his place if Kamberi continues to impress could yet prove prophetic.
Rangers fans, what did you make of Whelan’s views on Kamberi? Should Gerrard be open to picking him ahead of Morelos if the two players’ respective form continues? Join in the discussion by commenting below!Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!
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