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Alfredo Morelos’ disciplinary record holds the key to Rangers’ pursuit of number 55

Alfredo Morelos’ disciplinary record holds the key to Rangers’ pursuit of number 55

Rangers supporters have been pretty despondent in recent times after seeing their team fail to get back to winning ways in the Scottish Premiership at the weekend.

Steven Gerrard’s men went into their clash with bottom side Dundee on Sunday off the back of losing 1-0 to Aberdeen at Ibrox in midweek, a result which brought to an end their seven-game unbeaten run in the league. Yet the Gers weren’t able to record a tenth victory of the league campaign on Sunday either in drawing 1-1 with Jim McIntyre’s Dundee, with ex-Light Blues ace Kenny Miller netting the opener for the hosts before Andy Halliday equalised to earn a point for Gerrard’s side.

Thus, there have been many quiet and disappointed Rangers fans up and down the country, several of whom are likely to be wondering what might have been had Alfredo Morelos been on the pitch against Dundee on Sunday.

The 22-year-old was suspended for the trip to Dens Park after picking up a third red card of the season against Aberdeen a few days earlier, and given just how reliant the Gers are on his goals, they can wave goodbye to title number 55 this term if Gerrard can’t resolve his disciplinary issues.

Ultimately, there is little doubting that Morelos has huge ability in the final third of the pitch, as evidenced by his excellent goal-scoring tally since moving to Rangers in the summer of 2016.

The Colombia international, who earned his first cap for his country earlier this year such has been his fine form for the Light Blues, has netted 35 goals and laid on 18 assists in just 72 games for Rangers in the last few years, 17 goals and ten assists of which coming this term under Gerrard to underline his incredible form in front of goal.

As such, the 22-year-old is just one goal shy of his tally from last season to further exemplify just how potent he has been in the final third this term, and with his tally of 17 goals 13 more than the next top-scoring striker Kyle Lafferty, it’s clear just how integral he is to Rangers, and ultimately how reliant they are on him to get the goals.

Thus, his disciplinary issues seriously need sorting if Gerrard’s side are to stand any chance of mounting a serious title challenge to Old Firm rivals Celtic in 2019.

His red card against Aberdeen in midweek was his third of the season so far, which added to his ten yellow cards in all competitions underlines just how unreliable he is to keep himself on the field of play – the only place Rangers can hugely benefit from his talent.

Their trip to Dundee on Sunday was the third match this season that Morelos has missed as a result of suspension, and the Gers remain winless when he is not on the field given they drew 2-2 with Villarreal back in September, lost 1-0 to Aberdeen in the Scottish League Cup semi-finals back in October, and of course drew 1-1 with the Dees on Sunday – it’s plainly obvious how much he is missed.

And that is why Gerrard and his coaching staff have got to sort out Morelos’ disciplinary issues, as his yellow and red card tally look set to have a massive impact on whether or not Rangers can win the title this season, and thus their 55th league crown in their history.

If it’s a problem that cannot be resolved, the Gers can kiss goodbye to winning number 55 this time round.

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

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