Ok, so there’s one more dilemma, and while in ways it’s colossal, in others it’s no dilemma at all.
For all the controversy over Alfredo Morelos, and his transparent desire to leave Rangers, and the fact he was axed over his behaviour the past 10 days, Steven Gerrard has revealed his focus is back, apparently, and the wantaway one is available for selection again tomorrow.
There are a number of schools of thought, and we’re going to be 100% impartial and unbiased on these.
1: Alfredo Morelos, on form, in the zone, is the best striker in the SPL. No ifs, no buts, no maybes. No one with any sanity would deny how good he is when he’s ‘focused’ and wants to win. If it’s about picking your best players, it’s not even a contest.
2: But Gerrard has just confirmed that he will not pick players based on name, or reputation – which means, like Allan McGregor as we discussed earlier, Morelos will not just waltz back into the team after his fortnight of ignominy despite who he is. He has also refused to reveal whether the Colombian would start. His name doesn’t mean he automatically gets selected.
3: Cedric Itten and Kemar Roofe ‘are not’ on ‘fire’ just yet, but they are motoring in that direction. Their form certainly isn’t remarkable, albeit the latter bagged his first goal lately – and the reality is both players will need weeks to gain the form they need to produce regularly for Rangers.
4: Alfredo Morelos is currently in infinitely worse form than any player in Rangers’ team, including the slightly off-key Ianis Hagi. If it’s about picking based on form, Morelos stands no chance there either, because he’s been abysmal since the turn of the year, if not earlier.
In many ways, this isn’t a dilemma. Morelos can’t start.
But because of the circus around him and how good he potentially is, plus one other factor we’ll reveal in another entry, Morelos may well get the surprise nod after all.
Nothing would shock us.