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Prospect of Defoe partnering Morelos offers Rangers exciting options in title race

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Prospect of Defoe partnering Morelos offers Rangers exciting options in title race

Alfredo Morelos up front alongside Jermain Defoe could give Rangers the edge in a keenly-fought title race.

Rangers fans got their first glimpse of January signing Jermain Defoe in at 3-2 friendly win over HJK Helsinki yesterday.

Defoe started the match up front alongside top scorer Alfredo Morelos, and while neither man found the net during the 45 minutes they spent on the pitch, Steven Gerrard was still encouraged by what he saw.

He said: “It looks dangerous – they are two good players. The early signs are really positive. They seem to like playing together. It gives me and the staff more options to keep opposition teams guessing.

 

“Having Jermain here gives us that option, and having Kyle Lafferty as well. It gives us the opportunity to play a different system if we want to. We can play 3-5-2 or a diamond in midfield or 4-4-2.”

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Morelos has taken on the goalscoring burden this season but it is clear at times he needs someone to share it with, especially as teams crowd him out and test his patience.

Good players love playing alongside each other and both Morelos and Defoe will love having the other one there to drag defenders away.

The challenge for Steven Gerrard is putting together a system that gets both players in the side but does not leave his side exposed elsewhere.

But when Rangers dominate matches, having two players at the sharp end of the pitch who can pull defenders around and take chances when they come is a game-changing difference, which could ultimately decide the title race.

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