Resurrection of the Buffalo Soldier

Resurrection of the Buffalo Soldier
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 25: Alfredo Morelos of Rangers celebrates his opening goal with Ryan Kent during the UEFA Europa League group A match between Rangers FC and Sparta Praha at Ibrox Stadium on November 25, 2021 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Since Giovanni Van Bronckhorst was appointed manager of Rangers, the feel-good factor surrounding the club is clear to see, with fans and especially players appearing far more content since GVB took the helm at Ibrox.

An endless list of articles could be written on each player’s success under the new gaffer, but one that must simply be mentioned is Alfredo Morelos. Anyone who has kept the slightest eye on Scottish football over the last 4 years will certainly know who Alfie is. Capturing headlines every week since his arrival, the fiery Colombian striker has had many glorious moments during his spell at Rangers, but also some negatives. Many would be in agreement that the best of Alfredo Morelos was seen throughout the years of 2018 and 2019, firing in many important and additionally fantastic goals, especially in European matches.

However, throughout this time, Alfredo consistently made the headlines for his temper and kick outs which seen him picking up cards like it was going out of fashion. Many Rangers fans at the time just didn’t know what they wanted for Morelos, as the Colombian was undeniably a fan favourite for his goal scoring habits, but was just such a drastic liability for his petulant kick-outs whenever an opposing player would choose to wind him up. 

This side of Alfredo’s game was majorly finetuned, and fortunately for the ‘Gers, the number of cards being given to him has considerably been reduced. However, it appeared as if this had taken some of the fiery passion away from our ‘goal-scoring genius’. Morelos was still grabbing goals often enough to keep the fans on his side, but just seemed to slightly lack the cutting edge he possessed in seasons previous.

Coming into this season under Steven Gerrard, Alredo Morelos in many performances looked way off the pace. Perhaps most significantly against Hibernian in the Premier Sports Cup semi-final, but the less said about that match the better. However, since that poor showing at Hampden, Giovanni took his place in the dugout, and things have completely changed amongst the entire squad. As for Alfredo, it is almost like we have seen the return of the Morelos as mentioned from the years of 2018 and 2019. What is crucially different this time though, is that Alfie still appears to be far more composed, as opposed to the wildness he would generally display over the course of these previous years. Netting two very well taken goals in Giovanni’s debut match, Morelos certainly got the ball rolling as he has since gone onto put away four more goals, looking far more deadly than he did earlier in the season.

This turnaround for Alfredo could also be a factor of consistently training under Roy Mackaay, a fantastically talented striker throughout his career. However, regardless of Morelos’ methods for success, it can be concluded that he is thriving under the new management at Ibrox, and excitement will certainly be building for the conclusion of the winter break, where the ‘Buffalo Soldier’ can hopefully return to put away even more goals.

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