By Daniel Feliciano

22nd Nov, 2022 | 8:40pm

Alfredo Morelos could get Rangers lifeline if Michael Beale is appointed as new manager

Giovanni van Bronckhorst has been sacked by Rangers and whoever the new man that steps into the role is, is going to have some big decisions to make.

Rangers currently sit nine points behind Celtic in the race for the Scottish title and were humiliated in the UEFA Champions League group stages.

But earlier in the season the Dutch coach made the huge decision to stop relying so heavily on Colombian striker Alfredo Morelos, leaving him out of the starting lineup on a regular basis in favour of Antonio Colak.

The Croatian forward has rewarded that show of faith with goals, leading the Gers top scorer charts for the season so far and with Morelos’ contract set to expire in the summer many believe it’s inevitable that he will leave Ibrox in the near future.

But following Van Bronckhorst’s sacking, and fresh reports that the club want to appoint Michael Beale as his replacement, mean that Morelos could be handed a lifeline in Glasgow.

Beale has previously worked at Rangers as Steven Gerrard’s assistant manager, and left with the Liverpool legend when he went to Aston Villa a year ago which saw Van Bronckhorst join.

He then moved on to QPR last summer to become their head coach, and has impressed in the Championship enough to turn down the job at Wolves in the Premier League and be wanted by Rangers now.

One of the big reasons for wanting him is the fact he knows Rangers and the players at the club, which should see a relatively smooth transition from one management team to another.

But for Morelos it’s more than that. It’s a chance to get back to his rip-roaring best and make that starting position in the Rangers starting lineup his own once more.

Morelos’ time under Gerrard and Beale was his most prolific at the club and saw him establish himself as one of the very best strikers in the country, and saw him attract the interest of clubs in England and Europe.

On current form that interest is unlikely to be there, but if Beale is to come in and find a way to help the 26-year-old recapture that form that made him such a good striker then it could tempt him to stay put for a bit longer.

Morelos is the type of player who needs an arm around him and to know that he’s loved. If Beale can provide that, then Rangers could have their “El Buffalo” back firing again.

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