Sunday, 24 June 2018

Could Steven Gerrard destroy the SPL with these two?

While the Jason Cummings story still hasn’t quite gone away yet, nevertheless with Steven Gerrard and Mark Allen close to a fine loan signing of Roma’s Umar Sadiq, we must admit here at Ibrox Noise that the prospect of he and Alfredo Morelos up front really does whet the appetite.

If we forego the negatives around the Colombian, and focus only on his qualities, his finishing when on form, his hold up play, his winning of fouls, his aerial strength and his ‘nuisance’ factor upon defences makes him a real asset.

Meanwhile Sadiq is a very different striker – tall at 6ft 4, this massive lad has quality on the ball, impressive composure for his height, aerial domination, reading of space in the opposition box, and sheer burst pace – making him quite a decent foil for Morelos.

Both are powerful, but they use their power in very different ways – Sadiq is more technically gifted than Morelos, while the Colombian will do much of the graft up front.

It is a potential partnership, should it happen, that could cause all manner of problems for defences in the SPL.

Rangers haven’t used a decent partnership in Scottish football since the days of Steven Naismith and Nikica Jelavic – it is obviously unclear if these two can match up, but time will tell.

My colleague Richard will have a more in-depth piece on Sadiq later today, and of course the striker is still to be confirmed, but it does seem if all is pure and holy that Rangers will have a strikeforce aged a combined total of only 42 years next season.

One that really has some great potential – we look very much forward to it.

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