What now for Antonio Colak under Michael Beale at Rangers?

What now for Antonio Colak under Michael Beale at Rangers?
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 17: Antonio Colak of Rangers celebrates after scoring the second goal of his team in the second half during the Cinch Scottish Premiership match between Rangers FC and Dundee United at on September 17, 2022 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

If one Rangers man is in a bit of a no-man’s land right now, it’s previously hot stuff now slightly questionable hitman Antonio Colak.

Regulars will know Ibrox Noise are huge fans of the German-born Croat, but he was absolutely devastated to miss out on Croatia at the world up, given his very real hopes he was going to be selected given his remarkable form for a lot of this season.

Unfortunately it dried up for him as Rangers’ form floundered under former boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst, with just one goal in his last eight appearances under the Dutchman or three in the last 10, which probably paid a big role in Zlatko Dalic overlooking him.

Compared with his previous stats this season which saw a ludicrous 12 in 12 in all competitions and the dip was dramatic.

And then we have the ‘returning’ Alfredo Morelos. With new manager Michael Beale well and truly underway at Ibrox, Colak has a hard reset like the rest of them – the Croatian striker has to now prove his worth all over again to the new gaffer, with Morelos having the advantage of familiarity.

Will Beale stick with the man he knows, with the system he knows he can build around the Colombian, or will he look at Colak’s sensational early season form and try to work with that instead?

The chances of two strikers up front is very low with Beale too – his every system as an assistant or senior manager has always been one up top, with Lyndon Dykes his big talisman at Loftus Road, and of course Morelos filling that role during Beale’s first Rangers spell.

But he has two to choose from – let’s face it, Giovanni van Bronckhorst made a mess of managing Morelos and Colak – Morelos was certainly never happy under the Dutchman, and Colak lost his form – the two up top was never entertained and Gio was stubbornly against it.

So seeing how Beale now manages these two will be intriguing. Of course, there’s the chance Morelos will get his move in January which might make talk of this redundant anyway, but for now, both of them are very much still Rangers players.

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