By Doug Ward

1st Dec, 2021 | 9:36pm

Kris Boyd and Kenny Miller slam Alfredo Morelos after miss in Rangers game v Hibernian

Kris Boyd and Kenny Miller were less than impressed by Alfredo Morelos when he squandered a massive chance to score for Rangers in the first half of their 1-0 win over Hibernian on Tuesday.

Morelos, 25, has formed quite the habit of scoring at Easter Road during his time in Scottish football but the Colombia international completely failed to add to his tally in Leith when he sent a free header wide.

Joe Aribo’s cross was inch-perfect and Morelos was unchallenged on the edge of the six-yard box, leading to criticism from ex-strikers Boyd and Miller at half-time.

Speaking on Sky Sports Football at the break, Boyd said: “Aribo picks out a wonderful ball but you can see what he’s trying to do but sometimes, the goalkeeper’s coming back so just get it back to where he’s coming from so he has to adjust again.

“But he gets it all wrong and you’ve got to say, that was probably the only chance there really was in this first half.

“He is stretching, it’s not as easy as it looks but it has been a pretty poor first half.”

Miller then added: “You can see why Hibs lose goals to crosses, there are three or four guys standing around Alfredo Morelos there with nobody picking him up from six yards out.

“Alfredo should do better.”

Not good enough

Morelos did brilliantly to get in between the Hibernian defenders and Aribo did superbly well to get a cross into the Rangers star.

It was basically right on El Bufalo’s head but the striker completely botches his attempt at goal as it went wide of the target.

For someone with the record in Scottish football that Morelos has, we’d expect him to bury that 99 times out of 100 if he had that many chances to do the same.

Morelos was eventually substituted off after 66 minutes after what was a really turgid performance by himself and basically all of his teammates.

While Hibs are one of the better teams in the division and have shown recently they can beat us, we have to be able to impose ourselves more on a game than we did at Easter Road this week.

If we don’t that gap behind the Gers to Celtic will start to shrink and then the pressure will really be on for Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side.

In other Rangers news, Steven Gerrard wants to sign this Gers ace for just £200,000 despite van Bronckhorst throwing him back into the squad.