Rangers manager Steven Gerrard believes he now has the option of playing two strikers in the same formation, having opted to play Alfredo Morelos through the middle on his own for the majority of the season.
Morelos has performed very well in the role and with 20 goals this term is proving to be the best striker in the country.
Fans though have been keen to see the Colombian partnered with another striker in a different formation, feeling the Gers have been rather one-note in the final third.
Gerrard believes the acquisition of Jermain Defoe and recalling Ryan Hardie has now given him the flexibility to do just that.
As quoted by The Scottish Sun, the Ibrox boss said:
We’ve tried certain things.
Jermain gives us the option of playing two up front, whether that be 4-4-2, a diamond, 3-5-2… it gives us that luxury. Kyle also does that we can go with a target man and a smaller guy around him.
Ryan Hardie has come into the picture. It has been nice to work with four quality forwards.
We haven’t had that luxury so that’s been really nice and a big positive.
Those words bode well for the second half of the Scottish Premiership campaign, with every match effectively being a must-win encounter if we are to truly challenge for the title.
The matches that we were drawing must be turned into victories and having more firepower on the pitch can only help that.
Hopefully the training camp in Tenerife has given the manager the time needed to change his approach.