RANGERS face a striker crisis as they prepare for the visit of St Johnstone to Ibrox tomorrow afternoon.

Steven Gerrard revealed Jermain Defoe and Kyle Lafferty are major injury doubts while top scorer Alfredo Morelos is suspended following his recent red card against Aberdeen.

The veteran frontman, on an 18-month loan from Bournemouth, has reported a light hamstring strain and the Northern Ireland forward has a calf issue.

INJURY FEARS…Steven Gerrard faces a sweat over Ibrox strikers.

Gers gaffer Gerrard, who is also without banned goalkeeper Allan McGregor, said: “It’s a concern, of course it is. But we’ve got good attacking players.

“We may have to find a different way or a different plan. We’ll see how the next few hours go and, hopefully, they pull through.

“They are both confident and I’ll trust the players. I’ll give them both every chance of being available and we’ll go from there.”

Gerrard admitted he may have to turn to youngster Dapo Mebude after the 17-year-old was recalled from Scotland Under-19s duty to provide attacking cover.

He added: “We’ve pulled young Dapo back from international duty just in case.

OFF…Alfredo Morelos is sent of by ref Bobby Madden at Pittodrie.

“I think he’s got a huge future. He’s got huge potential. He’s probably not ready to be thrown into the deep end just yet, but I think he’d certainly be ready for a cameo.

“He’s come into training and hasn’t looked out of place on numerous occasions.

“There is no doubt about it, he will play for Rangers at some point.”

Rangers are six points behind leaders Celtic, but can half that deficit tomorrow with a win over the Perth outfit while Brendan Rodgers’ team will have to wait 24 hours before they go into action against Kilmarnock at Rugby Park.


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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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