A few readers have been in touch asking about our Alfredo Morelos article, specifically about our assertion that his European record is ‘fake’ or that he effectively ‘cheated’.
We stand by this – it’s not fake or cheating in the traditional sense of the words, but it’s the same reason Rangers fans do not consider the Third Division, League One or Championship league titles as among the club’s achievements as legitimate titles. If we did, we’d be on title 58 by now.
So what does this have to do with Alfredo Morelos’ record being fake?
Well, Ally McCoist’s original record saw his goals spread among the Champions League, Champions League qualifying and the UEFA Cup.
Morelos? Around half of his were in Europa League qualifying. Sorry, but that isn’t close to equal of what McCoist did. Morelos didn’t score a single goal in UCL qualifying or the group stage, it was all in Europa league. 15 in the group stage and 13 in qualifying.
If we want to be technical about it yes, he does factually have the record, but it’s not valid any more than Rangers being in the conference league and someone banging in 30 goals there and claiming the record.
If we deem Morelos holding the record by scoring at a lower level than Ally, then the titles we won at a lower level count towards Rangers’ title haul, but they don’t. Of course they don’t.
So yes, he does hold the record, but for us, it’s not valid.
Maybe we’re alone on this one, but we see more clout scoring against Marseille than a hat trick against St Joseph’s in the back of nowhere.
And that’s about that.