Rangers Opinion 

Steven Gerrard will be a concerned man right now.

After going into the winter break on the highest of highs with that Old Firm win at Parkhead, his Rangers side have dropped off worryingly since returning to action in mid-January.

Four league matches have yielded just two wins, a shock defeat to struggling Hearts, and most recently, an uninspired 0-0 draw against a fairly average Aberdeen side.


While the inquest over what is beginning to unravel at Ibrox will no doubt be extensive and enacted swiftly, one thing that stuck out like a sore thumb on Saturday afternoon was just how poor Alfredo Morelos was.

In fact, The Athletic journalist Jordan Campbell wrote in a Q&A after the match: “That was the worst Morelos has played for a long time.

“Not often you see him caught behind a defender like he was today.”

There are, of course, some caveats to El Bufalo’s performance.

Firstly, and most importantly, everybody has a bad day at the office every once in a while. It happens and it is forgivable, especially for a player who has hit a goal every 88 minutes so far this season.

Secondly, there is bound to be a little bit of rust following a three game suspension. Morelos’ last competitive outing came on December 29th against Celtic, over a month prior to Saturday’s game.

But even bearing those factors in mind, this was a poor showing from Morelos.

The Colombian managed just two shots on target, compared to his usual 4.27 average, as per Wyscout, while his pass completion rate was a full 12.4% lower than usual.

Similarly, he managed no successful dribbles or progressive runs, compared to his usual averages of five and 1.31 respectively.

Predominantly, this is a concern not because Morelos had a bad day, but because he cannot afford to have another one.

With Jermain Defoe out injured, he has to hit the ground running against Hibernian on Wednesday night.

If he doesn’t, and if Rangers draw another blank, the title race could well be done and dusted already.

In other Rangers news, ‘No question’ – Neil McCann claims Celtic star is better than Gers counterpart.


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