Glasgow Rangers extended their lead over Celtic at the summit of the Scottish Premiership after beating Aberdeen in their own back yard on Sunday afternoon.
Steven Gerrard named a largely unchanged team from the Old Firm clash for the trip to take on Derek McInnes’ side at Pittodrie, with Ianis Hagi coming in for the injured Kemar Roofe.
And his change almost paid off almost immediately after the Romania international lashed a shot over the bar from 25 yards out.
Ryan Kent turned up the heat in the second half, but it would be remiss to ignore Alfredo Morelos, as the striker was back to his very best against Aberdeen.
The Dons were reduced to ten men after Morelos was fouled by right winger Ryan Hedges inside the box but it was his overall work rate which will have impressed the Ibrox boss the most.
After some early pressure from Rangers, Aberdeen’s resolve finally crumbled when Morelos fired home past helpless goalkeeper Joe Lewis.
As former Hearts and Rangers winger Neil McCann said at the time on BBC Sportsound, “It was a great, great finish from Alfredo Morelos.”
The Colombian striker combined again with Kent to double their advantage shortly after half-time as he took a touch to fire low past Lewis again.
Gerrard will have been most pleased to see him take two shots on target after he fired a blank against Celtic at Ibrox, whilst he also contributed two key passes as he opened up spaces and brought others into play more often.
Whilst Morelos lost possession 11 times, he was lively throughout the full 90′ minutes as he kept on trying to make something happen.
Having failed to find the back of the net in the Old Firm derby, you would’ve perhaps been forgiven for feeling a little sceptical, but he silenced any lingering doubts about his ability to find the back of the net after he bagged a brace against the Dons.
Given his remarkable record in front of goal, fans may have been expecting to see him feature more regularly for the first team this season, but he has had to compete with new arrivals in the form of Roofe and Cedric Itten for a place in the starting line-up.
However, his latest showing should have done more than enough to justify his position as the club’s first-choice striker, so he should keep his place for the trip to Motherwell next weekend.