Rangers embarked on a summer rampage in the transfer market with Steven Gerrard leading the revolution at Ibrox, but controversial striker Alfredo Morelos managed to survive the upheaval and he remains the club’s first-choice striker.
The 22-year-old Colombian is clearly a talented player and has the potential to thrive in the SPFL, but his petulance is beginning to become a problem for the club.
Although his first red card of the season was ultimately overturned, he failed to learn his lesson and was subsequently sent off against FC Ufa in a vital Europa League qualifier.
Possessing ability is one thing in football but without the professional mindset to translate quality into consistent level-headed performances there’s only so much you can achieve.
Morelos should have plenty of opportunity for redemption this season as Umar Sadiq doesn’t appear to be posing a threat to his place in the starting eleven.
However, a recent report from the London Evening Standard suggests his place is not completely secure as Gerrard tried to sign an upgrade on Morelos during the summer window.
According to the report, Rangers were one of a handful of clubs who were interested in signing Dominic Solanke from Liverpool, but each approach was swiftly rejected by the club.
From Gerrard’s perspective, Liverpool’s unwillingness to allow Solanke to move on loan would have been a huge disappointment.
Although Solanke has struggled to break into Liverpool’s first-team amid competition from the sensational Roberto Firmino, his development at youth level and brief cameos for the Reds suggest there is an immense talent simply waiting to be unlocked.
With the physical power and speed to turn SPFL defenders inside out and a clinical finishing instinct to match, Solanke would have been a huge upgrade on Morelos if Rangers had been successful in their pursuit.
Rangers will have to make do with the unpredictable Morelos for now but, if Solanke remains nothing more than a backup player at Liverpool when the January window comes around, Gerrard would be wise to return with a fresh loan offer.
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