By Ben Wild

15th Oct, 2020 | 8:30pm

McSwegan disagrees with Celtic argument about 'Fantastic' Rangers player

Former Rangers and Scotland striker Gary McSwegan has backed Alfredo Morelos to break his Old Firm duck when the two Glasgow rivals meet on Saturday.

Morelos has failed to score on the 11 occasions he has faced the Hoops, with the Columbian forward spurning his best opportunity to open his Old Firm account when he missed a penalty in last year’s Betfred Cup final.

Despite this, former Rangers man McSwegan told the Daily Record that Gerrard should stick with his star man on Saturday and said that the forward now has ‘something to prove’.

He said, “I understand all of the arguments which say Morelos should start on the bench but I don’t go along with any of them. Gerrard will always play his strongest XI for games of this importance and Morelos will be one of the first names on the teamsheet.

“I just feel Morelos has that bit more to offer and certainly something to prove in this fixture. Let’s be honest he’s a fantastic footballer and has all the instincts of a top striker and above all that, he’s surely due to break his duck against Celtic.”

Morelos should be available to Steven Gerrard after coming through international duty with Columbia unscathed, but he played as recently as Wednesday morning UK time and won’t have much time to train ahead of the derby.

Morelos will want to be involved in the game so he can finally bag himself that elusive Old Firm goal and help his side to a second successive away win at Celtic Park.

The Gers will want to replicate last season’s 2-1 away win over their rivals, where goals from Ryan Kent and Nikola Katic secured all three points for the Light Blues. Morelos was sent off in the dying second of that game but the late dismissal had very little impact on the game and luckily didn’t cause Rangers to drop points.

Gers fans will be hoping Morelos can grab the vital goal that would give Rangers a considerable advantage in the title race and would be a huge blow to Celtic as they go searching for a tenth straight title.

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