Is Rangers’ new signing the final nail in the coffin for misfiring misfit?

Article by: Ibrox Noise

When Rangers fans look at Alfredo Morelos’ CV, it makes for impressive reading, certainly at club level. While yet to net for his country (he has only made a handful of appearances) at youth level, at club level it is a different story.

At the tender age of 20, he has managed a well over one in two rate at a respectable level in the Finnish Veikkausliiga. La Liga it is not, but the EPL the Scottish Premiership is not either, and one could argue it was a fine level for a young striker to develop at, without the intense pressure a more marquee league would enforce.

And with his ‘apprenticeship’ well and truly served, he has made the switch to a marginally tougher league in Scotland’s SPL.

But does his signature spell the potential end for another striker at the club, a striker who really has failed to step up to the SPL following a pretty productive season in the Championship?

Martyn Waghorn was a stand out for the extent to which he struggled in Scotland’s top flight, scoring only a modest number of goals despite plenty of appearances. He ended up dumped out on the right wing to see if he could be more at home as a powerful forward, but there too he was found wanting.

And his general inability to provide the goals Rangers needed meant his contribution was distinctly limited.

With Dalcio first then now the potentially sparkling Morelos, manager Pedro Caixinha has made a statement; he is signing his players, and rebuilding Rangers more or less from the ground up – and a 30+ goals in 40+ appearances striker is a real signal that Waghorn is on the outside looking in.

With Kenny Miller energetic but not hugely prolific (11 goals), and him being Rangers’ top scorer last season, and colossal disappointment Joe Garner now departed, Rangers’ only remaining striker was Joe Dodoo. And sadly, while he has not really had a run in his strongest position, instead being out on the wing, he did not really impress there.

But it was Waghorn who so much more was expected, and the lad simply could not deliver. Hence Ped has rung the changes – Waghorn is surely surplus now, and with Scunthorpe and Leeds monitoring his situation it is surely only a matter of time before he departs for pastures new.

A brief passage from the official site’s match report over yesterday’s underwhelming draw with The New Saints rather sums him up:

“Rangers started brightly and carved out the first chance of the game as Dalcio got on the ball on the right and cut inside for the run of Waghorn, only for the striker to lash the ball over the bar.”

One thing is for sure – you do not sign quality like Dalcio and especially Morelos if you do not intend to select them. And that spells trouble for the likes of Waggy.


  1. Waghorn simply doesn't score enough goals at any clubs he joins. His record is deplorable except for one good year with Rangers in the Championship, which is poor compared to the tougher and more boisterous defences in the SPL.

    If I was his agent: I would change him into an attacking midfield player – which I have been saying for over a year now.

    Do any of the Rangers managers or their friends ever read Ibrox Noise?

    They could do a lot worse than take some of our advice (Ha ha)!

  2. Totally agree. Tav is a prime example of being played out of position, and that's been pointed out constantly on this site. But hey, what do we know.

  3. I just hope we can get him and the rest of the deadwood off the wage bill as soon as most of them that have 1/2/3 years left may just sit on there ass and keep taking there £5/6/7/10k a week if they can not find a club that will pay same wages then we stuck with them.

  4. A bit harsh to call Joe Garner a 'colossal' disapointment. The team did not exactly play to his strengths.

    As for Waghorn, there is a reason he was let go by Wigan for little.

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