BBC pundit hypes Alfredo Morelos goal v Kilmarnock ahead of must-win Rangers European tie
Alfredo Morelos coming off the bench for Rangers and scoring against Kilmarnock is “massive” for the club ahead of Union Saint-Gilloise, says Cammy Bell.
The Colombian made his long-awaited return to action at Ibrox in the 2-0 victory in the Scottish Premiership, adding to a strike from Antonio Colak to break down the stubborn visitors.
Trailing by the same scoreline ahead of the return leg of their Champions League Third Qualifying Round tie with the Belgian side, having their talismanic front man back in action could be a crucial boost, and Bell believes it will be.
Speaking live on BBC Sportscene on Saturday afternoon (6 August) the former Ibrox keeper said: “Massive, and great to see him getting 20 minutes today, and obviously to get on the goalscoring sheet is massive.
“It’s a poacher’s goal at the back post, but again it’s so important that he’s got some game time today, looking forward to Tuesday, because that’s a huge game for Rangers and their season.
“To try and get into the Champions League is massive for the club.”
The away display was so deflating because Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side had proven themselves so formidable in Europe last season.
Missing out on Champions League qualification via the Europa League at the very last hurdle was a blow, so if they end up losing via the qualifying rounds at the first challenge will be even more disappointing.
They clearly need goals at Ibrox on Tuesday (9 August), so the double-boost of Colak finding the net for the first time, and main man Morelos being in the goals immediately, gives them a chance.
Ibrox is the last place that most sides want to go to on a European night, as the likes of Dortmund and RB Leipzig can attest to.
The Light Blues wouldn’t have wanted to need to rely on the massive support their fans give them in Glasgow this early in the season, but it is going to be required this week.
If they are going to overturn the deficit, the goalscoring exploits against Kilmarnock, and the fact that they will be at home, probably give them the best chance to make it happen.
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