By Jason Jones

27th Dec, 2019 | 5:37pm

Athletic journo delivers definitive verdict on Ibrox starting tussle

Rangers are more fortunate than most in the striking department. 

In Jermain Defoe and Alfredo Morelos, the Gers have one of the most fearsome forward duos in British football, even if they rarely start together for Steven Gerrard’s side.

And because the manager only tends to opt for one or the other at any given time, it naturally leads to questions over who should be his go to man the majority of the time.

But according to The Athletic journalist Jordan Campbell, the choice is clear.

Writing in a piece for the outlet, he said: “Yes, it’s true that Jermain Defoe is a more polished goalscorer, cuter with his finishes, more consistent in his striking of a football, and with a prolific record over 20 years — but he’s not Alfredo Morelos.

“He’s not Morelos anywhere else on the park or in any other department of the game.

“If there had been doubt about who would start up front against Celtic on Sunday, then Morelos’s omission from the starting line-up versus Kilmarnock was an obvious indication that he was being rested for the Old Firm.

“By the 65th minute, there was no doubt whatsoever as Morelos scored within ten minutes of coming on and completely changed the game.”

It’s hard to argue with him.

Defoe is a sublime finisher, and there are few players you would rather have as a backup option than the veteran hitman.

But Morelos is a different breed of predator.

El Bufalo has hit more goals in 2019 than anybody in European football except Lionel Messi, Robert Lewandowski, Kylian Mbappe, and Raheem Sterling.

That is some company to be keeping, and while you may argue that the standard of the Scottish league as a whole perhaps isn’t as high as some of Europe’s other competitions, when all is said and done, a goal is a goal.

The South American is a truly top class finisher, and we are lucky to have him at Rangers.

In other news, Alan Brazil winds Ally McCoist up about Old Firm title race claim.