Is Rangers summer signing in trouble?


One of the stand out comments Steven Gerrard has made about new signing Jermain Defoe is his willingness to switch to a front two to accommodate him.

Whether that be a 4-4-2, a 3-5-2 or any other suitable formation, the fact is Rangers’ manager considers himself having two marquee strikers that he wants to be able to incorporate together as a duo.

He has admitted Defoe could play alone up front too, but that will be fairly rare we’d imagine, in light of Alfredo Morelos’ importance.

Which all leaves the big giant massive elephant in the room that is Kyle Lafferty.

When Gerrard brought the NI international back to Ibrox, we do not recall similar rhetoric about switching to a front two to fit the ex-Norwich man in, or talking much about using him up front alone a lot.

No, that talk has only really surfaced having secured the England international’s services.

Which casts massive doubt on any chance The Bold Kyle has of ever making a real impression at Ibrox.

We admit it – his time in Govan second time around has been relatively poor, and seemingly beset with some off-field issues too. But Gerrard’s eagerness to discuss his plans with Defoe in conjunction with Morelos really does pour cold water on Lafferty’s hopes of ever being anything much more than a squad player.

Obviously a big club like Rangers needs lots of depth and competition, and it’s good we now seem to have that, but the fervour with which Rangers pursued Lafferty in the summer and the joy of getting him seems a distant memory now and for the foreseeable future we suspect he will just have to be content with a place on the bench.

But as long as it works for Rangers.

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  1. I agree. He's had one decent game and a couple decent shots on goal, but other than that…. nothing.

    He was signed to appease some of our support, but nowhere near all of our support.

  2. tbh he not had a proper run of games to get going ,like him , good pro and good player ,hope he stays n fights it out!!

  3. The big man still has a part to play,as a squad player👌


  4. He was signed because he scored against Celtic and we needed a third, or second striker. It hasn't worked out. With Hardie, Rudden, Dallas and Mepude all coming through, the future looks bleak for The Bold Kyle.

  5. “Relatively poor” eh? Were you searching for the word “dire”? I hope he turns it around but as others have said, will he get the chance?

  6. Hope He Turns it Around
    Also, Why was 4-4-2 never discussed as an option with Kyle before Jermain Signed?

    • Stevo

      I am sure that 4-4-2 was tried with Kyle and Fredo and didn't work. Why, I don't know. New players, communication problems, whatever the decision was made that they don't gel.
      Honestly, looks like Defoe could be significantly better. If he isn't, he won't play. If he and Fredo can't work together, 4-4-2 won't happen.
      But as I said above, Kyle's future looks neither bright nor orange.

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