By Jason Jones

19th Dec, 2019 | 5:14pm

Kris Boyd backs Rangers player who has shown 'more intelligence' to fly v Hibs

Losing a player of Alfredo Morelos’ quality would be a blow for any side. 

After all, the Colombian has hit 27 goals in 33 games in all competitions for Rangers so far this season, but is currently serving a suspension for a red card sustained against Motherwell on Sunday, as per Sky Sports.

But Steven Gerrard should have nothing to worry about when his men face Hibernian on Friday evening, according to Kris Boyd.

The pundit is backing Jermain Defoe to step up to the plate in the South American’s absence, despite playing a limited amount of minutes this season.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Boyd said: “Defoe looks after himself well and I don’t see it being a problem for him to step in again.

“He perhaps brings more intelligence to that front line and linked up well with Scott Arfield, who has returned to form, at the end of last season.

“Obviously, there is no doubt the goalscoring of Morelos will be missed but if you look at the big picture then Defoe has always come in and scored goals.

“Rangers are creating chances and I am sure Defoe will look at it as an opportunity to get back among the goals.”

The ex-England striker may have only played 24 times to Morelos’ 33 so far this season, but he has kept his goal tally ticking over nicely, bagging himself a very respectable 13 goals.

That works out at a strike every 69 minutes, as per Transfermarkt, and shows a striker who, despite his advancing years, is still at the peak of his powers.

There aren’t many clubs in Scotland who can boast such a wealth of attacking talent, and if you call on anybody to provide cover for a talent like Morelos, you would surely want somebody with the vast experience and proven ability of Defoe.

Hibernian will still provide a stiff test, having lost just twice in the league since the end of September, but with Defoe up top, you would expect the Light Blues to edge this one, even without their star man missing.

In other news, Steven Gerrard rules 6’4″ Rangers colossus out of crunch Old Firm clash v Celtic.