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Profit Players: Alfredo Morelos

Profit Players: Alfredo Morelos

Rangers supporters have been reasonably upbeat in recent times after seeing their side extend their unbeaten Scottish Premiership run to three games on Wednesday night.

Steven Gerrard’s men went into their encounter with Kilmarnock at Ibrox off the back of convincing victories over Hearts and Hamilton in their previous two league matches, and thus full of confidence ahead of the visit of Steve Clarke’s side. And while Alfredo Morelos gave them an early lead, Greg Stewart’s effort after just 15 minutes earned Killy a 1-1 draw from their trip to Glasgow, a result which kept the visitors three points clear of Gerrard’s Gers in the Scottish Premiership table.

Nonetheless, there have been many satisfied Rangers fans up and down the country in recent times, several of whom have been heaping praise on striker Morelos, who netted his 12th goal of the season in all competitions at Ibrox on Wednesday night.

And the Colombia international was one man who made the move to the Scottish giants under the ill-fated tenure of Pedro Caixinha, with the Portuguese’s rare transfer masterstroke certainly providing Gerrard with a Rangers lynchpin.

Ultimately, the 22-year-old only made the move to Ibrox back in the summer of 2017 for just £1.08 million (as per Transfermarkt), in what was Caixinha’s one and only transfer window in charge of the Light Blues in which he sought to bring in several players in a bid to take the club forward.

Yet Morelos was one of a very select few that worked out for Caixinha and indeed Rangers given he netted 18 times in all competitions last term – and he appears to be even more important to the club under Gerrard this time round.

The striker has already bagged 12 goals as well as laying on eight assists for the Gers this term to underline his prowess in front of goal, but significantly he is four ahead of the next top-scorer James Tavernier, and eight ahead of the next top-scoring striker Kyle Lafferty – their reliance on him is clear for all to see.

And it was illustrated again on Wednesday night as Morelos netted the opener in their 1-1 draw with Kilmarnock, which means that the 22-year-old has now scored in four of his last five Scottish Premiership appearances.

Yes, his disciplinary record is still of some concern given he has twice been sent off already this season, but there is no doubting that Morelos is a hugely integral part of Gerrard’s side – the Rangers boss admitted after Wednesday’s game that they cannot continue to rely on the 22-year-old for goals.

And while Caixinha’s stint as Gers boss will likely be remembered for all the wrong reasons, he certainly pulled off a masterstroke in luring Morelos to Ibrox, not least in sealing a bargain £1.08 million deal, but also in equipping Gerrard with a Rangers lynchpin.

Rangers fans… what do you think? Let us know!

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