By Joe Ellis

25th Jul, 2022 | 9:10pm

Alfredo Morelos training return gives Rangers selection headache

Rangers played the majority of the latter stages of last season without a recognised striker but they face a whole different dilemma now.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side took part in an open training session at Ibrox on Monday (25 July) and back among the Light Blues squad was talismanic striker Alfredo Morelos [The Herald] who missed a big portion of the 2021-22 campaign.

The Colombian only has 12 months left on his contract with the club but negotiations are ongoing and if he decides to stay in Glasgow, where he has enjoyed so much success, then the manager has a big decision to make.

Perhaps in anticipation of the 25-year-old being sold this summer, Rangers went out and signed PAOK striker Antonio Colak to fill the void that Morelos would have left but he still remains at the club for now.

Jamaican international Kemar Roofe is also among the squad and hoping to make his case for a starting birth but he too is injury prone and not likely to be fully fit for the start of the season.

Morelos’ own fitness is questionable but once he is back to being match-ready, van Bronckhorst is going to have to decide whether his reliable goal-scorer will be the main man for the campaign.

He could conceivably switch tactics to play a front two of Colak and Morelos together but that would potentially harm the flexibility of the rest of the side and see further casualties drop to the bench undeservedly.

But while it will be a headache for the Dutchman, it is one he will be relishing with so many options available to him to try and get the better of every possible outcome.

In other Rangers news, James Tavernier remains coy on his contract situation as Kris Boyd put him under the microphone in front of fans at Ibrox.