Glasgow Rangers resume their quest to claim the Scottish Premiership title when they travel to the Global Energy Stadium to take on Ross County on Sunday.
Rangers fought back twice to beat Standard Liege to reach the Europa League last 32 for the second season in a row after Scott Arfield scored the winner at Ibrox as the host came from behind to secure the victory.
However, Steven Gerrard must omit Alfredo Morelos from his squad for the foreseeable future.
Morelos’ slump in form is stark – the 24-year-old has gone three games without a goal or an assist – and has only found the back of the net three times in the Premiership so far this season.
There’s no doubt that the Colombia international is the club’s star striker and probably one of the best centre-forwards in Europe on his day, having broken Ally McCoist’s European record earlier this year, but this doesn’t hide from the fact that he once again finds himself in the middle of a goal drought.
In fact, it’s fair to say that this is nothing new, as Morelos has endured many a barren run during his time at Ibrox.
But the stats show just how far his form has tailed off since he was first recalled to the first team after being benched for the game against Lech Poznan in the Europa League.
He got himself into some good positions against Standard Liege on Thursday night, he just failed to find the back of the net.
As per SofaScore, his ratings have steadily started to decline since the 3-3 draw with Benfica, where he took two shots on target, had two shots blocked, and made two key passes.
Against Liege, Morelos only mustered one shot on target, whilst he failed to record a single key pass.
Whether the Colombian has had his head turned by transfer rumours linking him with a move away from Ibrox, who knows, but Gerrard simply cannot afford to let him get away with these lacklustre performances any longer.
McCoist himself criticised the centre-forward for his “disappointing” display, whilst he was criticised for looking “unfit” and “unwilling to work” by former Scotland striker James McFadden in the summer. He’s clearly not up to scratch after returning from international duty, at any rate, with just one goal in his last five games.
A short spell on the sidelines could do the trick, that’s for sure, as Gerrard has plenty of options to choose from in the striking department.