Exclusive: Pundit suggests Gerrard willing to ignore 'Unhappy' Ibrox strikers

Jackie McNamara suggests that Rangers boss Steven Gerrard doesn’t care about the happiness of strikers Alfredo Morelos and Jermain Defoe as they battle it out for a place in his starting XI.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Scotland defender says that the manager’s priority will be picking a team he feels he can win his side games and that trying to keep the forwards satisfied with their game time will not come into his thinking.

Defoe and Morelos have shared the duty of leading the line at Ibrox this season, the former starting his fourth league game of the campaign against Hamilton last weekend.

Having seen the veteran hitman net a hat trick in the 5-0 win on Sunday, McNamara insists that Gerrard will simply pick and choose who to play based on the game and that the happiness of his players will not come into his thinking.

McNamara told Football Insider: “You need competition, you’ve got the two competitions to play for. Defoe started against Celtic and didn’t get a lot of service in the game, so he brought in Morelos.

“I think he’ll just want to try to pick his team to win games, I think he’ll ignore who’s happy and who’s not happy, it’s just about winning.

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“I think getting an early goal helped, they showed the right character to go and get two and three goals. They had a shot in the arm with the Celtic result earlier in the day.”

Morelos has played more games than Defoe this season and has continued his impressive goal-scoring exploits from the 2018/19 campaign, netting 14 goals in 18 appearances across all competitions.

The Colombian international’s English counterpart has also been in fine form, with nine goals from his 13 outings at Ibrox.

In other Rangers news, Alan Hutton suggests that one player Gerrard “obviously rates” could be looking at the exit door at Ibrox.