Having gained the services of diminutive striker Jermain Defoe, why don’t Glasgow Rangers team him up with lofty centre forward Peter Crouch at Ibrox?

Steven Gerrard has played with little and large many times in the England side, and also had three years at Anfield with Crouch at Liverpool.

Should Rangers try a tactic used by Liverpool with Kevin Keegan and John Toshack and Blackburn with Alan Shearer and Chris Sutton?

It could work well if Alfredo Morelos is sold and 6ft 4” striker Kyle Lafferty fails to find the excellent form he showed at Tynecastle with Hearts. 

Crouch played his part in 32 games last season – 26 of them for Stoke in the Championship  and six matches with Burnley in the Premier League – and is now available on a free transfer.

The 38-year-old is still fit enough to play at a high level next season, so could and would Gerrard be interested?

Would Crouch and Defoe score enough goals to help Rangers win a title or cups? They certainly have the class and experience to play together.

A striker as tall as Crouch would be an asset to almost any team, especially if he was on the bench to bring on, if required.

In an extremely tight game, Crouch could be brought on for the last 20-30 minutes, to add his height and presence to worry the Rangers opposition.

Does signing Crouch, at 38, have any creditable merit?

Allan McGregor, Steven Davis and Defoe are all older experienced players who added a great deal to the Rangers first team set up. So could Crouch succeed in Glasgow?

He has a superb CV with 42 caps and 22 goals for England and appeared in two World Cups. Crouch is a member of the 100 club, with 106 top flight goals in 466 appearances.

Another advantage in bringing him to Ibrox is that the striker might also want to help Rangers with coaching the young strikers connected with the club and particularly in the Academy.

If Rangers play three very tall centre halves and Ross McCrorie as holding midfielder along with Crouch up front, it would add amazing height to the team.

This move would stop goals from cross balls, free kicks and corners being scored against the Ibrox outfit. McGregor is a fabulous goalkeeper, but his biggest weakness is at holding crossed balls.

It would also cause havoc for opponents trying to deal with five players all at 6ft 3” or above, attacking the ball and trying to score with every dead ball situation.

I would like Rangers to continue with their fast, free-flowing football, but welcome adopting and adapting a similar principle of using physical strength and height in the side.

Rangers playing at Celtic Park, Pittodrie, Rugby Park, Fir Park and Easter Road, with a 3-4-1-2 line up, could pay off big time by gaining three points at these stadiums. 


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