Rangers came from behind to return to winning ways in the Premiership on Wednesday night, defeating Hibernian 2-1 in a tight game at Ibrox.
Having fallen seven points off the lead following last weekend’s draw against Aberdeen, Steven Gerrard’s side were heading for further trouble in the 35th minute when Paul Hanlon put the Edinburgh side ahead. George Edmundson equalised on the stroke of half-time but just as it seemed that the ‘Gers would again drop points at home, Ianis Hagi scored the winner from a tight angle with only six minutes left on the clock. [via Sky Sports]
The Romanian might not have been the match-winning hero were it not for the rarity of the Light Blues’ top scorer Alfredo Morelos not converting a series of chances, although the Colombian’s blank owed more to fine goalkeeping from Hibernian’s Ofir Marciano rather than weak finishing on his part.
The 23-year-old Rangers ace was making just his second start of 2020, having been suspended for three games during January following his red card at Celtic just after Christmas, but he looked sharp right from the off at Ibrox. Only three minutes had elapsed when he galloped past Hanlon to get on the end of James Tavernier’s pass but was thwarted by Marciano (as per Sky Sports).
Morelos again tested the Hibernian goalkeeper in the early second half exchanges as the home side dominated following their equaliser. After Hagi had scored what ultimately proved to be the decisive goal, the Colombian striker was unfortunate not to extend Rangers’ lead in stoppage time as his fierce strike was brilliantly tipped onto the post by the unflinching Marciano. [via BBC]
As noted by Glasgow Times reporter Matthew Lindsay, the 23-year-old attacker had a part to play in his team’s first goal, winning the free kick from which Edmundson levelled the score just before half-time, and he got a seven in the journalist’s player ratings. James Black of Rangers News also awarded Morelos a seven and said that he “ran himself into the ground” throughout the game and “looked much sharper than he did against Aberdeen at the weekend”.
Having scored 28 goals already this season, a four-match barren streak and a prolonging of the wait for a goal since Boxing Day might suggest that Morelos isn’t on his best form. However, it took a series of fine saves from Marciano to stop the Colombian from getting back among the goals on Wednesday and, if he keeps getting into positions to threaten as he did against Hibernian, it surely won’t be long before the 23-year-old smashes through the 30-goal mark for the current campaign.
Rangers fans, do you think Morelos was impressive against Hibernian despite not scoring? Was he unlucky not to add to his goals tally in the game at Ibrox? Comment below with your views!
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