Greg Stewart has staked his claim to manager Steven Gerrard that he is the man to replace Alfredo Morelos for Rangers in their Europa League clash against SC Braga next week.

The Colombian is ruled out of the second leg against the Portuguese side after picking up a fifth yellow card in the competition this season, an accumulation that will result in a one match ban.

But 29-year-old Stewart, who came on in the closing stages of the first leg at Ibrox, believes that he is capable of stepping in to deputise for the absent South American.

As quoted by the Scottish Sun, he said: “When you get the opportunity when the gaffer calls you, you have to be ready. On Thursday I came on and the game went our way.

“In football you never know when the chance will come along.

“It isn’t easy watching and everyone wants to play. You would want your best players to be playing.

“Alfredo will be disappointed he isn’t available but I believe we’ve players who can step in if anyone is suspended or injured.

Can Stewart step in for Morelos?
Those are some mighty big shoes to fill, but Stewart has shown some promising signs.
Chances have admittedly been limited for the Scot this term, and three goals and five assists in 22 appearances are hardly anything to write home about.
But it is important to recognise that he has played most of his games this season out on the wing, and has usually impressed in that position.
With 7.69 successful dribbles, 2.18 accurate crosses, and 2.27 shots on goal per game, as per Wyscout, he has been eye-catching, and given the manager’s lack of options going into next week – aside from new boy Florian Kamberi – you would have to say that Stewart is in with a real chance of getting the nod.


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