How Alfredo Morelos really annoyed us last night

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EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 20: Alfredo Morelos of Rangers celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the Scottish Premiership match between Hibernian and Rangers at Easter Road on September 20, 2020 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The biggest frustration last night for Ibrox Noise wasn’t the gifting of two late goals which cost us two points. It wasn’t even the bad game management which led to them both.

No, it was Alfredo Morelos’ performance.

It was fantastic.

The Colombian, so meek this calendar year, once again showed up in European competition like the colossus he is capable of being, following yet another wet display at Killie in which he couldn’t have cared less.

Out there last night in Portugal he was his titanic self – everywhere, harassing, linking, bullying, scoring, supporting. It was the best he’s been in 2020 by a mile, and right back to his late 2019 level.

And yet, come domestic action, Morelos will go back to not caring. Not being at his best.

The way he’s been most of this year, in truth.

The guy just comes alive in the Europa League, as we’ve suggested so many times, where he knows the platform is huge and gives him global exposure. He shows over and over at that level just how good a striker he is, and the Morelos who did his bit in Lisbon is the £120M striker he’d be capable of being if he kept it up domestically.

You may guffaw at the value, but the guy who scored the equaliser, on as a sub, as Ibrox Noise’s Derek pointed out, is only 21 and has been valued by his manager already at the same price. Jorge Jesus said they’d eventually sell this player for more than they sold megastar Joao Felix, and they got around £126M for him.

So let’s face reality – top quality South American players are worth that.

But Morelos only does it in Europe, and that’s excruciating.

If our Alfie could keep that form back up domestically, doing it more weeks than not, then he’s a player we’d chain down if we could.

But he doesn’t, not any more.

Unless, that is, el-bufalo can prove us wrong.

Wouldn’t be the first time!

2 COMMENTS

  1. Glad to hear you praise the Bufalo. Thought he was outstanding. I personally think he’s been doing the dirty side of the game well this season but last night he was able to pass the ball with accuracy which is my biggest issue with him. That ball to Kamara for the 2nd was just wonderful and shows he does have it in his locker. It will also be the easiest goal he’s scored in a Rangers shirt. More of the same big man!

  2. Morelos was as you say was at his best , but he did miss at least two chances which could have buried Benfica I was more annoyed at Kent ?!! he did miss sitters . Still Onwards 55

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