View: Morelos bounces back from SFA storm to prove he is the Rangers ace for the big occasion
There is no better way to announce your return to action like Alfredo Morelos did for Rangers in their thrilling 4-3 win over Royal Antwerp on Thursday.
Our number 20 has missed the last three Gers games through suspension after the SFA saw fit to dish out retrospective action on him for a challenge against Hibernian on January 27.
The Colombian must have been stewing as he watched his teammates labour to a draw at Hamilton and edge 1-0 victories over St Johnstone and Kilmarnock.
But he came roaring back to action in Belgium on Thursday as he helped put Antwerp to the sword in the first leg of the round of 32 Europa League tie.
There was no goal to show for his efforts but Morelos produced an all-action display that showed he is more than just a Light Blues bagsman.
Instead he picked up two vital assists, first for Joe Aribo’s opener and then for Ryan Kent to equalise the game at 3-3 before Borna Barisic struck the winning goal late on.
According to WhoScored he made five key passes which was the most out of any performer on the field and the only other Gers player to make more than one was Barisic (3).
His 91.4% pass accuracy also told the story of a man who was resolute in possession and rarely gave anything away.
The fact that he has two assists and five key passes shows these were not just safe passes either.
No Rangers outfielder to start and play at least 45 minutes registered less touches than his 46 but this proves that he made the most of his opportunities when he was afforded them.
It is no wonder WhoScored awarded him as the most impressive Gers performer with a 8.3 rating.
Morelos was a constant menace to Antwerp with his clever movement and bustling presence causing constant disruption to their backline.
It is performances like this on the biggest stages that have earned him so much praise and attracted admiring glances from the European elite.
There has not been enough of these displays this season but hopefully this is just the start of what is to come for the rest of the season.