STEVEN GERRARD has hailed his “dangerous” striking double-act of Jermain Defoe and Alfredo Morelos – and the Rangers boss reckons they will keep the opposition guessing.

Defoe and fellow new signing Steven Davis were both given 45-minute run-outs as the Ibrox side beat HJK Helsinki 3-2 in a friendly in front of a 21,224 crowd yesterday.

Following the postponement of last Friday’s Scottish Cup-tie at Cowdenbeath, the Gers will make a delayed return to competitive action with a Premiership trip to face third-placed Kilmarnock in midweek.

And Gerrard – who has taken New Zealand goalkeeper Stefan Marinovic on trial – feels having Defoe and Morelos available could mean more tactical thinking for opposition managers who have been used to seeing his team operate with a sole striker.

The Govan gaffer said of his attacking pairing: “It looks dangerous – they are two good players.

“They seem to like playing together. Having Jermain here gives us that option and having Kyle Lafferty, as well.

“It gives us the opportunity to play a different system if we want to. We can play 3-5-2 or a diamond in midfield or 4-4-2.

“It gives me and the staff more options to keep opposition teams guessing. The early signs are really positive.”

Goals from Scott Arfield, Nikola Katic and Daniel Candeais overcame the Finnish outfit with Gerrard changing his entire team at half-time.

Wes Foderingham was given a rare start in the absence of Allan McGregor and the Gers boss confirmed Marinovic would now spend time training with the squad as he further assesses goalkeeping options.

Gerrard is also keen to tie up a deal for American utility player Matt Polster.


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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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