Alfredo Morelos will start tomorrow night at Pittodrie after Antonio Colak was ruled out for a further match with a calf strain.
The Colombian, who had a better match for Rangers v Hibernian last week, is very much the centre of attention again these days amid getting a new manager at Ibrox who knows him inside out, but the German-born Croat’s first injury as a Rangers player could have come at a better time and for now Beale is having to stick with Morelos.
The PAOK signing began life at Rangers on fire, but as the team’s shape and form dwindled, his own return suffered and the goals dried up – the hope is once he gets fit again he’ll regain his form under new manager Michael Beale, with Alfredo’s own future up in the air at best.
Morelos obviously started v Hibs and looked not too bad, and he’ll be hoping for more of the same up north when Rangers face Jim Goodwin’s side, because he will wish to push Colak out of the reckoning for the striker’s jersey, or indeed put himself convincingly into the shop window come January and pre-contract discussions.
He made a good start for either, but Colak’s unavailability isn’t really ideal for Rangers who want strong competition in each slot going forward, given how unlikely it is we’ll ever see them as a pairing up front at all, never mind on a regular basis.
So an injury we could do without, but in Morelos, who often has a rare old time at Aberdeen, we have a decent deputy who can certainly do a job.
As for Colak, questions remain as to whether he will ‘fit in’ with the new manager’s style, who of course was very much Morelos-centric under ex-boss Steven Gerrard back in the day, with Morelos being the toast of that management system throughout their time at Ibrox – whether Colak can be implemented into Beale’s structure will be seen in time, because he is a very different striker to the Colombian.
But it’s better to have the options at least.