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How should Gerrard solve his striker crisis and see off Aberdeen in semi-final clash

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How should Gerrard solve his striker crisis and see off Aberdeen in semi-final clash

Steven Gerrard takes his Rangers side to Hampden Park tomorrow afternoon looking to book a place in the Scottish League Cup final; but faces one major selection dilemma.

Alfredo Morelos’ yellow card in the quarter-final romp over Ayr, combined with Kyle Lafferty being cup-tied has left Gerrard with a real lack of firepower ahead of arguably his biggest game of the season so far.

The reason Gerrard bought Lafferty was because he did not have a great deal of faith in his other striking options; most notably Umar Sadiq.


The Liverpool icon took a punt on the Roma loanee but he has not impressed at all. The biggest argument in his favour for Sunday is that he is an actual centre-forward.

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He would not be an awkward positional fit, and he would certainly spring a surprise on the Dons backline. But he has shown nothing this season to suggest he’s worth a gamble in such a high-profile game.

Eros Grezda has international experience and it may be that Gerrard has been trying to boost his fitness ahead of giving him the nod through the middle on Sunday; although he is a winger by trade.

Ryan Kent has also been bright of late and his direct running from a mobile striker role could frighten Aberdeen; but he does lack the hold-up ability of a true frontman.

Kent is perhaps the outstanding choice just because he’s fit and confident, with Sadiq as a substitute wildcard…

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