Steven Gerrard has revealed Alfredo Morelos is unavailable for Glasgow Rangers’ Premiership opener against Livingston on Saturday.
The Lowdown: Gers to kick off season
The Gers will kick off their title defence on Saturday with a match against Livingston at Ibrox.
23,000 fans will be able to attend the stadium (The Herald) – the first time supporters have been allowed into Rangers’ home for a competitive match since before the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Latest: Gerrard provides Morelos update
Speaking ahead of the clash, Gerrard provided an update on the status of his squad (via The Daily Record). He said:
“We have a fully fit squad. The only absentee is Alfredo Morelos. Obviously Ryan Jack can’t be selected. We have two or three players that we are going to make late decisions on, whether they are ready for the squad just now. They have had slightly different programmes because they arrived late, but I will make a decision on them. The likes of Helander, Barisic and Kamara. In terms of training, we are 99 per cent fit and ready to go.”
The Verdict: Not too surprising
This, of course, is not too unsurprising. £10.8m-valued Morelos (Transfermarkt) only returned to Glasgow earlier this week after travelling to his homeland for a break following the end of the Copa America, and he therefore is still in quarantine as per the latest regulations.
Will Rangers beat Livingston?
However, it is no less of a blow to Gerrard that he will be without his star striker. Even despite the speculation linking him with a move away from the 55-time Scottish champions, he remains the best forward the Gers have at their disposal, as his record of 94 goals in 182 games illustrates (Transfermarkt).
Of course, Gerrard does have other options in the form of Kemar Roofe, Cedric Itten and Fashion Sakala – he will be hoping that trio can get the job done for him.
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