One of the most telling things about Sunday’s comfortable win over Livi, wasn’t so much the result, or the performance, it was the complete absence of Alfredo Morelos and the fact the team did not miss him.
Ok, he was on the bench, but it was Itten used not he, and Rangers ran out pretty smooth winners.
True, it should have been put further to bed in the second half, but ultimately another clean sheet, yet another, and a valuable three points.
Without the use of the Colombian.
We’ve had quite a few hate mails and messages on Ibrox Noise about our criticism of the great Morelos, and a suggestion we’re a disgrace for being negative about him.
But we can’t help feeling he just doesn’t have much use at Ibrox any more.
He’s not been interested in long enough, and we saw Jermain Defoe with a frankly world class finish do with one smooth swing of the boot what Morelos just doesn’t seem capable of any more.
There’s something awkward about Morelos, his passing is lousy, his touch even worse and his shooting wasteful – and on Sunday Rangers didn’t miss him at all.
His biggest backers argue his role is now deeper and he’s a great team player who links up brilliantly.
But the problem is Rangers are no poorer when he’s not playing.
Steven Gerrard has created an equals parity system, where if one player rests an equal takes his place and Rangers are no weaker for it.
This means Morelos’ role is frankly no more important any more than anyone else’s.
True, we could also argue the same about Borna Barisic, he took missed three quarters of the last two matches and Rangers thrived – Calvin Bassey deputised wonderfully.
But the focus is always about Morelos, about how great he is and how we must hold onto him for 55.
That isn’t even remotely accurate, and the ex-HJK man just isn’t essential to the team in the way he was.
All squad members are equal, and that now definitely includes Alfredo Morelos.