Rangers manager Michael Beale announces he’s ready to pair up Alfie and Colak

Rangers manager Michael Beale announces he’s ready to pair up Alfie and Colak
PERTH, SCOTLAND - JANUARY 21: Rangers manager Michael Beale is seen during the Scottish Cup Fourth Round match between St Johnstone and Rangers at McDiarmid Park on January 21, 2023 in Perth, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Michael Beale has for the first time confirmed intention to play Alfredo Morelos and Antonio Colak together as a pairing after revealing he wants to get the Croatian fit so he can put him in alongside the Colombian.

Rangers fans have, for many years, wanted to see a duo up front, and now with two of the best strikers the club has had at the same time for as long as we can remember, that dream may soon become a reality.

The plain truth is it’s not feasible to leave a striker as good as Antonio Colak on the bench, and clearly it’s a duo that would work very well, given how different they are as forwards.

Is it going to be Prso and Novo? Hateley and McCoist? We can’t possibly know how effective it will be until we try it, but Beale seems eager to give it a go.

He said:

“Antonio Colak was on the bench today if we needed a penalty or needed five minutes. If I can get Antonio fit and playing with Alfredo (Morelos) I think it will add a different dimension.”

We saw it very briefly under Giovanni van Bronckhorst but only when trying to force the game late on and it wasn’t something it appeared the manager had put too much work in on in training, but Beale’s claims recently suggest he is indeed interested in trying the pairing.

How well would it work, and how would a Rangers with these two look? Tellingly, of the current front three, who would make way for Colak to start? It’s a tricky one alright, because Kent and Sakala are both in some decent form, even if they’re not sparkling every match, but we cannot see the left winger making way.

More likely he’d be on the left, new signing Morgan Whittaker (if we secure him) would be on the right, the two of them up top, and midfield with Lundstram and Raskin?

The point is that there will be options, and plenty of ways we can make a striker pairing work, and Rangers fans are very excited to see how Alfio and Antonio do in harmony with each other.

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