Steven Gerrard is set to hand a first Rangers start to Florian Kamberi against SC Braga in the Europa League in midweek.

The 24-year-old came off the bench against St. Johnstone to great effect on Sunday, scoring one goal and assisting another as the Gers recorded a 2-2 draw.

And his manager saw enough to convince him that the loanee is the ideal man to replace the suspended Alfredo Morelos for his side’s trip to Portugal on Wednesday.

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As quoted by the Scotsman, Gerrard said: “I wanted to start him [Kamberi] on Sunday but obviously the risk of him playing a full game and not being fresh on Wednesday was one that I was juggling about with,” said 
Gerrard.

“When we went 1-0 down I needed to twist and I did that. I thought he was absolutely outstanding. On that performance he plays [v Braga], for sure.

“You can’t ignore that, that was some impact. He got Man of the Match and everyone should have been talking about Flo Kamberi.”

Does Kamberi deserve his start against Braga?

Absolutely, yes.

Obviously, Gerrard’s hand has been forced a little by the fact that he is without Morelos and the injured Jermain Defoe, but even taking that into account, you would have to say that the Hibernian loanee was massively impressive at the weekend.

As soon as he came on in Perth he looked like the most dangerous man on the pitch, and that was backed up with a superb finish and a well-worked assist.

In truth, on another day, he might have had another couple of goals too.

As per Wyscout, in just 49 minutes he made three successful dribbles, had a 100% shot accuracy rate, and completed 77% of his passes.

Not only does he deserve to start on Wednesday, he absolutely has to.

In other Rangers news, ‘Madness’ – Gordon Strachan issues verdict on reason for Gers slump.

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