By Doug Ward

27th Aug, 2021 | 8:10am

Derek Ferguson slams 'lazy' Alfredo Morelos in Rangers 0-0 v Alashkert

Derek Ferguson and Neil McCann were less than impressed by Alfredo Morelos as Rangers drew 0-0 with Alashkert on Thursday night.

The Scottish champions managed to progress to the Europa League group stages with a 1-0 victory on aggregate but their failure to beat the Armenian minnows, who played a lot of the game with 10 men, has caused concerns.

It could have easily been a victory for the Gers too with Morelos, 25, squandering a massive opportunity to score in the second half.

Nathan Patterson played an inch-perfect cross into the Colombian forward in the 71st minute but the striker botched his effort and volleyed over the bar despite being unmarked.

Ferguson feels he should have gone with a header.

“I think Morelos could have gone for that with his head. It looked a bit lazy to me. He just hung a leg out,” said Ferguson on Sportsound on Thursday night, as quoted on the BBC Sport website.

McCann also said: “What a ball from Nathan Patterson. That’s a striker’s dream.

“Just go and get your body over it and it’s 1-0 and game over.

“Morelos has been slack at times tonight. He could’ve put this game to bed long ago.”

Off the boil

Rangers’ start to the season has been a bit of a damp squib.

Steven Gerrard, along with a number of senior players, wasn’t in Armenia on Thursday night due to COVID issues but the manager has been unable to get his team at their flying best since the opening day win over Livingston.

Sure, we beat Ross County 4-2 but that performance was far from perfect with dodgy defending almost costing us two points.

But against Malmo, Dundee United and Alashket, the Light Blues have been nowhere near their best and they are teams that we should be beating.

On Sunday, we play Celtic in the first Old Firm derby of the season and we’re really not in good shape ahead of it.

It remains to be seen who will and won’t be available due to the COVID crisis while Ange Postecoglou’s side is in far better form than Rangers.

We’d never take a draw going into an Old Firm. We always want a win and expect a win.

But if that game does end in a stalemate, it will be a better result for us than it will for Celtic due to the way both teams are playing right now.

In other Rangers news, Graham Spiers is furious with the “farcical” press conference earlier this week.