By Adefunmiloye Alani

26th Sep, 2021 | 8:15am

Alex Rae slams Alfredo Morelos for work rate in Rangers 1-0 win v Dundee

Rangers laboured to a narrow 1-0 victory against Dundee on Saturday, and Alex Rae was not impressed with the efforts of Alfredo Morelos.

The Colombian striker, 25, provided Joe Aribo with the assist for the opener and winner, but he was largely missing afterwards as Steven Gerrard’s side struggled to find a second goal.

Morelos has scored only four in his 12 appearances across all competitions in 2021-22, and Rae wants more from the Bears star going forward after drawing blank for the fourth consecutive league game.

The BT Sport pundit said on Planet Radio’s Clyde 1 Superscoreboard (via Daily Record) after the game: “You are looking for players to go on a run, and you are looking for strikers to get goals on a regular basis.

“Again, I thought Alfredo Morelos was poor. I thought his general contribution, we can all have bad games, but in terms of his work rate it took him until late in the game when he got smashed, then you see him charging about the pitch.

“Then he is trying to get round and get retribution. I’m not seeing this spark. When I look at Rangers from last year to this year they smothered teams. They got right in your face and it was a high press.

Worrying?

It is still early days, but should Morelos’ form be a cause of worry for the Light Blues?

A return of one goal and two assists in seven games is not particularly bad, but the South American should be doing more, and he has not hit the ground running in the new season.

Rangers travel to Sparta Prague on Thursday for their second Europa League group game before hosting Hibernian next weekend, and they need their talisman back at his best sooner rather than later.

They struggled against Dundee and would not have had any complaints had they left Dens Park with no points at all.

Morelos was not able to help them put the game to bed, and that could prove costly going forward.

He did not get a move in the summer, but that has not unsettled him, and he needs to start firing on all cylinders again.

Rangers are looking to defend their title this term and also win the Scottish Cup and Scottish League Cup, and they need their striker at the top of his game for that domestic dominance to happen.

In other Rangers news, Derek Ferguson has shared major worry and concern for Gerrard after Bears 1-0 win v Dundee.