By Doug Ward

27th Jul, 2021 | 8:10am

Alfredo Morelos could miss Rangers v Livingston and Champions League qualifier

Alfredo Morelos could be unavailable for Rangers when they take on Livingston in their Premiership opener next week and their Champions League qualifier against either Malmo or HJK Helsinki, according to the Daily Record.

The newspaper claims Morelos, 25, faces a 10-day period in self-isolation when he returns from Colombia with no exemptions allowed for players returning from countries on the COVID red-list.

It is understood that Morelos’ wife Yenesia posted a picture of herself at an airport in Colombia on Saturday. If the striker arrived back in Glasgow on the same day, he would have to self-isolate up until and included August 3, which is when the Gers will play their Champions League qualifier.

Steven Gerrard could have totally avoided this from happening.

As quoted by the Record, Gerrard admitted last week that he did not know when Morelos would be back in Scotland after his extended holiday in Colombia.

Stevie G said: “Alfredo Morelos is due back at some point, we’re not sure when.

“Hopefully he’ll arrive when he’s ready.”

Why was Morelos given this kind of freedom?

Gerrard should know that Kemar Roofe is suspended for the Champions League qualifier against either Malmo or HJK, which leaves him with just Fashion Sakala or Cedric Itten to choose from up front.

While both players have shown they are more than capable of starting that game after scoring against Real Madrid in a pre-season friendly at the weekend, we would much rather have El Bufalo spearheading the attack after how he’s performed in Europe in recent seasons.

How can Gerrard not know when a player is due back from a holiday?

Why was Morelos not told that he had to be back in Scotland by a certain date to ensure he was available for the Champions League match?

This is really bad planning. Either that, or the Gers are doing whatever they can to keep the striker happy amid speculation surrounding his future at Ibrox.

Either way, it’s not ideal.

In other Rangers news, Derek McInnes claims agents are working on getting this player out of Ibrox.