Rangers facing striker shortage against St Johnstone, says Gerrard

Jermain Defoe and Kyle Lafferty could per chance miss out for Rangers against St Johnstone

Rangers could per chance very well be with out all three of their first-team strikers against St Johnstone on Saturday, says supervisor Steven Gerrard.

Top scorer Alfredo Morelos is suspended and Jermain Defoe and Kyle Lafferty are most well-known smash doubts.

Gerrard has recalled 17-300 and sixty five days-broken-down Dapo Mebude from Scotland Under-19s obligation as veil and says he could per chance do “a cameo” against the Perth aspect at Ibrox.

“We could per chance have to bag a beautiful diverse skill or a beautiful diverse concept,” acknowledged Gerrard.

“We’ll gape how the following couple of hours trot and optimistically Defoe and Lafferty pull thru. Or now not it’s some distance a anxiety but I could give them both every probability of being readily available and we’ll trot from there.

“He is [Mebude] received a enormous future and mountainous doubtless. He could per chance now not be ready to be thrown into the deep stay factual yet. There is not such a thing as a question about it, he’ll play for Rangers at some level.”

Gerrard also confirmed Wes Foderingham will commence in plot for the Ibrox aspect with Allan McGregor suspended.

‘We have to deem player security’

On Thursday, gamers’ union PFA Scotland acknowledged that a scrutinize of their individuals within the Scottish Premiership confirmed they wanted synthetic pitches banned within the pinnacle flight.

That stance echoes Gerrard’s call earlier this season for synthetic surfaces now not to be allowed in elite football.

The Rangers supervisor modified into before all the things serious of the pitches when winger Jamie Murphy suffered a extreme knee smash whereas playing on Kilmarnock’s pitch earlier within the season.

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“We private needed to adapt our player want and restoration round them,” acknowledged Gerrard.

“I didn’t love playing on them and the folk who could per chance now not comply with make a choice them out of the game have to deem player security.

“I appreciate the financial positions of clubs but I agree with that the folk who speed this league could per chance nonetheless scheme extra to make certain the video games are played on grass.

“I agree when it involves searching to discover them out of the game at elite phases. Every other elite league performs on grass so why have to now not Scotland?”

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