Rangers picked up a crucial 4-2 win over Aberdeen in the Scottish Premiership last night. Two goals from Alfredo Morelos, a penalty from James Tavernier and a Jermain Defoe finish earned the Gers all three points at Pittodrie.
But it did come at something of a price. Alfredo Morelos, again, got sent off against Aberdeen. It came after an ugly tangle with Scott McKenna, who also received his marching orders.
However, Gordon Strachan has now rightly pointed out that Rangers decision to sign Jermain Defoe in January looks very justified.
Speaking to Sky Sports’ The Debate the former Celtic boss suggested the signature of Defoe could now prove crucial.
“That was good management and worked well by Rangers. People were asking ‘why you getting Defoe in?’. For situations like this, or Morelos goes off the boil. Plus he may have got sold if something really big had come in so that’s why Rangers signed him.
“Getting sent off allows Defoe to come back. So they’ll play the system they like playing.”
Not many eyebrows were raised when Rangers snapped up the former England striker. A chance to bring in a player of his quality should not be passed up.
But with Morelos in red hot form, some did question if the veteran was necessary.
Unfortunately, with Morelos, a suspension never seems to be far around the corner. Having a player of Defoe’s quality now available to Rangers means Steven Gerrard’s men should not miss a beat whilst the Colombian serves yet more time on the sidelines for his ill-discipline.