Former Rangera assistant manager Archie Knox does not expect the Gers to sell Alfredo Morelos as a result of the impending signing of Jermain Defoe.

The Gers were expected to sign another striker in the transfer window, and are set to sign Defoe from Bournemouth on an 18-month loan deal.

Morelos has done well for the Gers, but his discipline has been a problem and Steven Gerrard has struggled to replace him when absent.

Defoe has lacked game time under Eddie Howe at Bournemouth this season and will be looking to play week in, week out, in Glasgow.

The 36-year old has managed to make just four appearances in the Premier League.

Morelos has attracted attention from a host of clubs over the last year, but ex-Rangers assistant Knox does not feel he will now be sold.

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"I have no idea [if they will sell Morelos], but I wouldn’t have thought so. There is room for both, absolutely, whether that is together or not”, Knox was quoted as saying by the Evening Times.

“It was the same with [Ally] McCoist and [Maurice] Johnston. If you watched McCoist and Johnston play in the same team, the two of them were always between the posts all the time.

“One could have scored the others goal all the time. It was a case of ‘out the road, I’ll get it!’

"You don’t know how you can make a combination of players, it can just happen.

“It can keep the pressure on him. Players thrive on the pressure, it is the bit that gets them going.”

Defoe has made a total of 34 appearances for Bournemouth since joining the Cherries in 2017 from Sunderland.