There are a hundred theories flying about right now as to why Rangers’ form at present isn’t as impressive as it arguably should be, and going into a CL crunch second leg, it’s imperative the situation improves ASAP.
But one man really hasn’t played any role at all this season, amidst a late return and low fitness, and if there’s one Rangers player who absolutely thrives at this level, it’s Alfredo Morelos.
Without any doubt, few of Rangers’ stars have shone at European level like he has, with some sterling displays and in cases single-handedly doing the damage against teams like Feyenoord.
His return tomorrow, while not at the fittest state the Colombian would like, is still a massive boost and will see his career debut in the Champions League at any level, following such superb seasons in the Europa League.
Is it going to be the difference? Remove Messi from Barca… well we’ll see on that example’s front, but being serious, take away a team’s attacking talisman and you hamstring them massively, and the European display given in Sweden last week was nothing like the titanic Euro nights matches featuring the ex-HJK man have featured in.
We do think he rises for these occasions more than the league – he knows the big league clubs are watching and whether it’s for a move or anything else, Morelos saves his best for these matches consistently.
His strong hold up play, his powerful body, his layoffs and the brilliant way he drags defenders out of position not to mention all the fouls he wins are massive fillips at this level and could well aid Rangers in a way Cedric Itten just couldn’t last week.
Tomorrow we’ll see if Morelos can get Rangers motoring again.