Rangers have to ensure that they don’t have a repeat of last season on their hands when they come back from the winter break in a couple of weeks’ time. 

The Gers were in a promising position in the title race this time last year, but ultimately fluffed their lines after the midseason interval, and allowed butter rivals Celtic to steal a march on them.

This term, they are in a fantastic position, just two points behind the Hoops with a game in hand and the momentum of just having beaten them at Parkhead.

But if they are to keep this purple patch going, then you would imagine that they will need their best players at their disposal.

Which is why Alfredo Morelos’ sending off against the Bhoys was so disappointing.

Not only did the Colombian needlessly see red for a late dive when he was through on goal, but he also seemed to make a throat-slit gesture to home support on his way off the field, with the Scottish Sun reporting that the Gers are now concerned he could be out until February depending on the suspension that comes in the fallout of the incident.

And pundit Paul Robinson isn under no illusions as to how disastrous that could prove to be for the Bears.

Speaking to Football Insider, he said: “That would be a huge blow, an absolutely massive blow for them.

“To lose a player of his importance and quality… if you take that amount of goals out of any team, it’s going to have a massive impact.

“It’d be a huge blow to Rangers’ title hopes if he was out for any length of time.”

These are pretty strong words from the former England stopper, and you can understand his concerns.

After all, Morelos already has 28 goals so far this season, at a rate of one strike every 84 minutes, as per Transfermarkt.

That’s a formidable record, and losing out on it would be nothing short of terrifying if it wasn’t for the fact that we have such a fine deputy in Jermain Defoe.

The veteran hitman has hit a goal every 75 minutes this season, as per Transfermarkt, and if the worst comes to the worst and Morelos is suspended until next month, there should be no issue with Defoe stepping into the breach.

In other news, Report – Rangers fall short in bid to lure PL starlet to Ibrox for bargain fee.


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