By Saikat Mandal

3rd Aug, 2022 | 3:40pm

Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos could return v Union Saint-Gilloise at Ibrox

Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos could return to action in the second leg at Ibrox against Union Saint-Gilloise.

The Colombian striker is still out injured but he has been training in the last few weeks, and Giovanni van Bronckhorst has suggested that he has got a “realistic” chance to feature.

The Bears suffered a humiliating 2-0 defeat in the first leg on Tuesday (2 August), where new signing Antonio Colak failed to make an impact.

“Yeah I think that’s realistic,” said the Dutchman on Morelos, as quoted by Scottish Daily Express. “He’s been training with us for quite some time and is getting better and sharper every day.

“We also had him in the UEFA list for this round so hopefully he will continue and will be there next week.”

Need of the hour

Rangers badly need Morelos at the moment. The Colombian striker was speculated to be leaving this summer, but as it stands, he is staying put.

The striker has less than a year left on his present deal at the club, but there is optimism that he will pen a new deal at the club.

Colak has made a slow start to his career in Scotland. He failed to score in his first two matches, and Van Bronckhorst could be forced to bring in Morelos for the big second leg.

It’s a dilemma as Morelos has been out for so long, and he needs to build his sharpness gradually. Another injury to him could be a catastrophe for the club.

However, the Bears run the risk of missing out on Champions League football next season if they don’t qualify.

They have to come up with a strong performance in the second leg, and Morelos can surely add quality upfront.

Ryan Kent also missed the last game with a minor injury, and the Dutchman could also bring him to the starting line-up in the return leg.

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