'Massive' - Ibrox Exclusive: McNamara reacts to Rangers transfer admission
Jackie McNamara believes that Rangers could launch a deadline deal for a striker after seeing Jermain Defoe injured on Wednesday night.
The former Celtic and Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that losing one centre-forward for any amount of time could be “massive” in the Gers’ hopes of sealing the Premiership title.
Gerrard admitted after the win over Ross County that the Glasgow giants could make a late move before Friday’s transfer deadline to try and bolster their attacking options after Defoe’s setback.
Gerrard: “Whether it will be a week, 2, 3, 4 or longer, we’ll need to wait and see what the scan says.
“Possibly (bringing a striker in). I haven’t spoken to Ross about that yet but we’ve a couple of things brewing besides that so it might alter a few things or make us go in.”
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McNamara says it is hugely important Gerrard has both Defoe and Morelos available for the majority of the season and says another option could make the difference in their hopes of beating Celtic to the title.
“That will be the worry on Wednesday with Defoe, can they get someone in quickly to cover that. Obviously Morelos was injured with his calf so they’ll be waiting to see if he makes a return,” McNamara told Football Insider.
“It’s massive, massive for them. If it is his hamstring he could be out for a good number of weeks, maybe a month, depends how far it goes.
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“It could be something short-term, I could see that. It would be a big ask if he’s out for a while just to pin everything on Morelos being fit. It’s a big risk.”
Defoe scored his 17th goal of the season on Wednesday night before being stretchered off, with Morelos starting on the bench after his recent return from suspension.
The Gers face Aberdeen in their next outing, the Dons visiting Ibrox on Saturday.