Rangers put three past St Mirren on Sunday to move within a single point of their first Scottish League title for a decade.
Goals from Ryan Kent, Alfredo Morelos and Ianis Hagi were enough to pick up a 28th win in the Premiership for Steven Gerrard’s side.
Thousands of Gers fans had flocked to Ibrox to bask in the glory of the boss and his squad, celebrating a certain title for the first time since the 2010/11 season.
The win means that if Celtic fail to win at Dundee today, Rangers will be crowned the champions.
Maturity from Morelos
It’s been an extraordinary season for Rangers. Undefeated in the league with a 26 point gap. Undefeated in Europe and into the last 16 of the Europa League. It’s the stuff dreams are made of.
One man who’s developed a lot this season is Alfredo Morelos. Adored by the fans for his tenacity and cutting edge, he’s really grown up this season and matured into a great player.
In the 2018/19 and 2019/20 seasons, Morelos was booked 24 times and shown seven red cards overall. As much as he’s loved, it can’t be ignored how poor that disciplinary record is. It was something that Gerrard was never going to stand for in the long term.
This season the boss has been excellent in managing the Colombian. He has still picked up seven bookings, but hasn’t been shown a red once. His attitude has improved, in particular, since the turn of the year, and so have his overall performances.
Before January, Morelos had scored eight times and asssited once in all competitons, picking up five bookings. Only two of those cautions have come since the turn of the year, a time in which his attacking focus has changed.
Morelos has turned provider, picking up five assists for his teammates as they’ve won nine of their 10 games in 2021. His only other assist came on the opening day of the season. In recent weeks, he’s become less selfish in front of goal, which will delight Gerrard.
Morelos has still bagged seven goals in this time, including crucial 1-0 winners against Hibernian and Livingston. He averages 5.84 touches in the opposing box per game in the SPL, more than anyone else in the division [WyScout].
The two goals he’s scored in the past week epitomise his development. After harshly not being given a penalty at Livingston he kept his head and remained focused on the task at hand. In previous seasons his temper would have flared over, no doubt. Instead, Morelos was on hand to tap in a rebound for the 1-0 win. A real poachers goal.
Then there’s his finish against St Mirren. He does well to find space in the box, latching onto a Kamara through ball. Instead of lashing at the chance, Morelos elegantly slots the ball in off the post, a very classy finish. Again, a very mature finish and one that shows his improvement. Long may his development continue in blue, despite the talk of a transfer, we’d love to keep him.