By Adefunmiloye Alani

27th Dec, 2021 | 2:10pm

Stuart Kettlewell reacts to Morelos' performance in Rangers v St. Mirren on BBC Sportscene

Stuart Kettlewell has claimed on BBC Sportscene that Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos is enjoying a new lease of life under Giovanni van Bronckhorst.

The Colombia international striker bagged the Light Blues’ second goal in their 2-0 win over St. Mirren on Boxing Day at Ibrox, and he has now scored six goals in eight games under the Dutchman.

Kettlewell believes the different style of play under the new manager has resulted in Morelos’ change in demeanour, insisting the hitman is loving Van Bronckhorst’s system.

The former Ross County manager said on Sportscene: “To be honest, I think it’s the slight change in style. You look at the delivery coming in from Borja Barisic, he’s getting in between defenders as he does.

“He does look happy. He growls and looks grumpy at times, but you’ve seen him smiling, and it does look like he’s enjoying this change. I think it’s been fresh for Rangers.”


Morelos is playing closer to goal and doing less defensive work these days.

He is no longer required to drop deep as he used to under Steven Gerrard, and he is getting more fed with excellent crosses since the new manager arrived.

He has only been booked once in those eight games, and it is safe to say that his disciplinary record is improving.

It has been a new Morelos under GvB, and it is very lovely to see that.

Rangers have not dropped points under the former Feyenoord boss, and not a lot of the fans would have predicted the perfect start to life under him.

Many predicted that the Bears were going to struggle once Gerrard left and a new boss took over, but that has not been the case seven Premiership games and wins later, and they now have to resume action with this same momentum after the winter break.

Van Bronckhorst will be looking to use the mini pre-season to get more of his ideas across to his players, and given that a lot of them have improved significantly under him, more changes should be expected in the coming weeks and months.

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