By Sam Stone

27th Jul, 2022 | 6:10pm

Rangers talisman Alfredo Morelos could be fit for Champions League qualifiers

Rangers Review journalist Joshua Barrie has suggested that Alfredo Morelos could feature in the crucial Champions League qualifier against Royale Union Saint-Gilloise.

The Scottish giants are set to travel to Belgium for the first-leg on 2 August and will then host the Jupiler League side at Ibrox on 9 August.

Morelos missed the end of the season after picking up a thigh injury whilst on international duty with Colombia in what was a major blow.

However, there could be hope for the Gers with Barrie suggesting on the Rangers Review YouTube channel (26 July) that he may well be fit for at least the second leg.

Barrie said: “About three or four weeks ago, I was told the hope was to get him in for those European games – whether that’s the home or away tie, I don’t know, but certainly I think Livingston might come just a bit too soon.”

Balancing act

This is a fine balancing act for Rangers with the Colombian’s impact clearly missed at times towards the end of the 2021/22 season.

Qualifying for the Champions League is a must for the club due to the financial implications and prestige that playing in Europe’s most prestigious competition brings.

It is essential that the Gers don’t rush their main man back in order to get him fit for the fixture.

Morelos hasn’t featured regularly in recent months and will be short of match fitness.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst must assess whether he will be able to hit the ground running for Rangers, should he feature against the Belgium side at the start of next month.

If the Colombian is fit and can make an impact then he simply has to play, but if there is any doubt over his thigh injury then he shouldn’t be risked.

Having Morelos fit for the whole of the 2022/23 season could be vital in Rangers’ attempts to overhaul Celtic in the Scottish Premiership.

The Gers boss certainly has a tough decision to make.

In other Rangers news, Ross Wilson now has names lined up just in case Alfredo Morelos seals his exit this summer