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Pundit’s Choice: Alfredo Morelos

Pundit’s Choice: Alfredo Morelos

Rangers supporters have been in fine voice in recent times after seeing their side return to winning ways in the Scottish Premiership over the weekend.

Steven Gerrard’s men went into their trip to St Mirren on Saturday having drawn 1-1 with Kilmarnock in midweek, and thus seeking to bounce back with what would be their second successive away league victory at St Mirren Park at the weekend. And they did just that as goals from Daniel Candeias and Alfredo Morelos sealed a 2-0 success for the Light Blues, a result which moved them up to third place in the Scottish Premiership table.

As such, there have been many delighted Gers fans up and down the country in recent times, several of whom are likely to be interested in recent comments from Rangers legend Ally McCoist (via The Scottish Daily Mail), who has called on striker Morelos to sort out his discipline on the football field, what with it ‘glaringly obvious’ that Gerrard’s side missed him in their Scottish League Cup semi-final defeat to Aberdeen a few weeks back.

And with McCoist also stating that he could score ’25 or 30 goals this season’ were he to work on his discipline issue, which would see him end a barren Rangers run given Kris Boyd was the last to reach the 30-goal mark back in 2009, the 56-year-old is absolutely spot on to express his concerns regarding the 22-year-old given the undoubted talent he possesses.

Ultimately, there is little doubting that the Colombian ace has the quality to be the man to lead the Rangers line for many years to come, having adapted seamlessly to Scottish football following his move from HJK last year.

The 22-year-old netted 18 goals in his first season at Ibrox last term to finish as the club’s top-scorer in their run to third place in the league, and he looks on course to easily better that tally this time round having already bagged 14 times in all competitions.

Thus, it seems as though Morelos is destined for another very impressive season in front of goal, but just how good those numbers become, as McCoist rightly points out, very much depends on the striker himself, and whether or not he can keep himself on the football pitch.

He has already been sent off twice in all competitions this season and already has four Scottish Premiership yellow cards to his name, forcing him to miss the aforementioned semi-final defeat to Aberdeen – a game in which he may well have made the difference.

As such, McCoist is spot on to express his concern about the 22-year-old’s disciplinary issues, as it’s plainly obvious that he is a vital member of the squad at Ibrox, and Gerrard’s side are much more threatening going forward when he is in the team – his tally of 14 goals in ten better than the next top-scoring striker Kyle Lafferty.

But how often he is able to line up for the Gers is entirely up to the 22-year-old himself – when he’s on the pitch, he invariably scores goals, but he’s no help to anyone if he misses out through suspension, as illustrated at Hampden Park the week before last.

As such, McCoist is spot on to express his concern about the Pedro Caixinha signing, especially given Morelos has what it takes to be Rangers’ talisman under Gerrard this season, and as such finally end the club’s lengthy wait for that 30-goal striker.

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

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