Rangers go into Sunday’s clash with Celtic at Parkhead knowing that this game could come to define their season. 

Chasing a first league title since 2011, they have every chance of finally brining to an end their bitter rivals’ reign of dominance this term, but will be fully aware of how much harder that task will be if they lose this weekend.

That would leave them with an eight point gap to bridge after the upcoming winter break, and while they would have a game in hand, it would still feel like a mountain compared to the two points they would be chasing down should they win.

And one man who is sure to be at the centre of any narrative surrounding the match is striker Alfredo Morelos.

The Colombian hitman has been our saviour at times this season, hitting 28 goals in all competitions, and popping up with some vital interventions, as he did against Kilmarnock on Boxing Day.

But he is still yet to find the back of the net against the Hoops, and as Michael Stewart has pointed out, there will be a lot riding on his performance on Sunday.

Writing in a column for the Scottish Sun, he said: “Alfredo Morelos and Rangers have a huge barrier to get over at Celtic Park.

“The Colombian is the talisman of Gerrard’s side.

“If he plays well and finally ends his drought against Celtic you feel that could be the catalyst for them to win this game.

“If they do that it could be the springboard to them going on to win a trophy. Morelos was the fall guy when he missed that penalty at Hampden in the final.”

There are really two ways of looking at this.

Obviously, El Bufalo’s drought against the green and grey is a problem, but can you imagine the psychological boost the lads would get if he can bag an opener this weekend.

It would be like getting halfway to landing all three points in one fell swoop.

Morelos is in sharp enough form to make that happen, and if it does, it would be a sucker punch for Neil Lennon’s hosts.

Fingers crossed for a bit of South American magic.

In other news, Chris Sutton slams Rangers ‘weak link’ ahead of Old Firm clash.

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