By Daniel Feliciano

7th Aug, 2022 | 2:10pm

BBC pundit Richard Foster expects Rangers to leave Alfredo Morelos on bench vs USG

Rangers won’t risk the long-term fitness of Alfredo Morelos when they face Union Saint-Gilloise on Tuesday, according to BBC pundit Richard Foster.

The Colombian made his return to action as a substitute against Kilmarnock, scoring the second goal for his first since injury back in March.

With Gers 2-0 down from the first leg in their Champions League qualifier, his return to fitness couldn’t have been better timed. However Foster told Sportscene [August 6] that he thinks it would be “too dangerous” for Rangers to start Morelos after such a severe injury and thinks he’ll start on the bench.

“I think because of the injury that he had, it was pretty severe obviously a muscle tear, I don’t think they’ll throw him back in,” he said.

“I think it’s too dangerous. I think you just go with Colak up front and put him on with half an hour to go if you need him.

“I think they can overturn it, but they’ll need to improve on the performance from last week. But I think it’s important that they start the game well because like you say, get the crowd on your side and they will drive you on.

“Union gave them a lot of respect, had a really good shape and Rangers found them tough to break down.

“It’s going to be one of the more difficult games they’ve had, including last season. I know they faced some big teams but a lot of teams took Rangers for granted, Union certainly never.”

Tough call

We all know just how good Morelos is and how important he is to the way Rangers play and the way teams play against Rangers.

His determination, constant running and decision making in the final third make him a real legend at the club, but Foster has a point when he says it could be too early after such a severe injury.

Morelos managed 26 minutes but was some way off his usual sharp and energetic self, yet still found the net. Rangers need a fast start against USG on Tuesday and having him could hinder that.

Antonio Colak also netted his first goal for the club against Kilmarnock and that momentum could be huge for him going into the game, in a tournament where he made his name against Rangers last year.

Van Bronckhorst must make the decision, but the likelihood is that Colak gets the nod because this will be a long season and Rangers will need Morelos for it to be successful.

In other Rangers news, Van Bronckhorst must stick to his guns with this major decision