Date: 8th May 2019 at 7:23pm
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Rangers should be in confident mood heading into this weekend’s derby against Celtic at Ibrox.

Steven Gerrard’s side have won five matches in a row in the Scottish Premiership, scoring twelve goals and conceding just one in that time.

That’s all been mostly without key stars like Alfredo Morelos and Ryan Kent too, both of whom have spent much of that time on the sidelines due to suspension from the last time we faced the Hoops.

In their place Jermain Defoe and Scott Arfield have emerged as two of the team’s top performers in their positions, exciting supporters and pundits with their burgeoning attacking partnership.

Rangers assistant Gary McAllister admits that as a result of this impact Gerrard has a selection dilemma on his hands ahead of this weekend, but insists it’s a good problem to have.

As quoted by The Scottish Sun, he said: “We have two proven strikers who are at different times of their career. One can learn from the other, definitely. We need competition for places and we have two top No9s. It’s a nice dilemma. It’s a nice problem.”

So who should the manager go with?

Morelos does have 29 goals to his name for the season but none of them have come against Celtic.

In fact in his two seasons at the club he’s failed to score a single goal in the Old Firm derby, leading some to question whether he can produce in the biggest matches.

His discipline problems also make him something of a liability, as we seen last time out when he needlessly elbowed Celtic captain Scott Brown in the face and got himself sent off for the fifth time this season.

Defoe is an experienced player and has played in massive matches throughout his long career. He can be trusted to not only keep his cool but also produce the goods when needed.

With three goals and three assists in his last five games he will also be in confident mood and in my opinion is the man to go with this Sunday.

Is this decision perhaps simpler than you’d think at first glance?

Who should Steven Gerrard play against Celtic this weekend? Have your say in the comments below…

 

6 Replies to “Rangers coach comments on big Old Firm derby problem this weekend”

  • Going on what the Manager has said about possession of the shirt it cannot be other than Defoe. I don’t see any reason for it not to be. It all comes down to what gives us the best chance of winning the game. I believe that means starting Defoe.

  • Only 3 changes from the Hibs starting line-up – Foderingham for McNutcase, Halliday for the wrong-sided Flanagan & McCrorie for the unlucky Camara. There will be a lot more motivation this Sunday.

  • Don’t matter who you put upfront another year you’ve not won nothing be the same next year that’s what happens when you don’t pay your taxes good old David Murray well an truly left you in s*”t lol good luck for Sunday because you’ll need it hail hail

  • Is this nutter called jesus just another idiot trying to rile people up. Rangers fc have moved on so I suggest you shut up. Celtic will not win their 9 in a row never mind ten. Your aggressive thick manager lennon will see to that,
    How did your champions league go this season?

  • Jesus should look at his own team, in the 1960s and 1970s, Celtic reported crowds of anything between 18,000 to 26,000, speaking to friends who were at the games said it was about double what celtic reported. So who didn’t declare all their income and did not pay tax on their income . I can also tell you a fact that certain senior members of celtic sold tickets for the old firm games and the money went straight into their pockets.

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