Derek Ferguson has admitted that he wouldn’t start Rangers forward Alfredo Morelos on Wednesday night against St. Johnstone.

The Colombian international returns from his two-match ban for the game at McDiarmid Park after being charged by the SFA.

Steven Gerrard will have a decision to make, with Kemar Roofe and Cedric Itten both finding the back of the net against Motherwell over the weekend.

Speaking on the Blues Brothers Podcast, Ferguson claimed that he would prefer to see Morelos pushed into a different role by Gerrard.

“I wouldn’t start him,” he said.

“I’d like to see him coming off the bench, and coming on to affect a game with 20 minutes to go, half an hour to go, so he gets that goal and that confidence.

“He just looks from a starting position, doesn’t seem quite there at the minute. He will come back.”

When asked about who he would start instead, Ferguson had a different suggestion to push Joe Aribo further forward into the final third.

“Certainly Roofe, Kent and then I love Aribo – I love his dribbling.”


It would be a surprise to see Gerrard rotate his squad too much, especially after their impressive comeback against Motherwell.

Jermain Defoe started ahead of Itten, but it was the Swiss international who made the difference, so he should be ahead of Morelos to come in and start.

The Colombian has only scored three goals this season and looked increasingly frustrated against Dundee United last time out as his struggles continued.

Morelos’ last goal came against Hibernian back in September, and that can’t be ignored, and this break could do him the world of good.

Itten has earned a starting spot on Wednesday, and the only way we see Morelos returning was is Gerrard decided to give Roofe a well-earned rest – time will tell.

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