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Rangers must axe Morelos vs Brondby

Rangers host Brondby in the Europa League on Thursday night as Steven Gerrard’s men go in search of their first win in the group stage.

The Glasgow side have lost both of their matches in the competition so far, with Lyon and Sparta Prague beating them 2-0 and 1-0 respectively.

They now head into this match against the Danish outfit after drawing 1-1 with Hearts in the Scottish Premiership, keeping their place at the top of the table for now.

One change Gerrard must make to his XI from the draw with Hearts is dropping Alfredo Morelos out of the team for Kemar Roofe. The Colombian forward had a nightmare at the weekend and does not deserve to keep his spot in the side for this match against Brondby.

Should Morelos start against Brondby?

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TalkSport pundit Adrian Durham questioned the forward’s fitness after the result and criticised Rangers for their failure to win the game. He said:

“Ten (shots) on target, Hearts had four. So Rangers were clearly dominant but it ended up 1-1- because, in the stat that matters, Rangers scored one goal and Hearts scored one as well.

“You have to ask about the fitness and form of Alfredo Morelos and where Rangers and Steven Gerrard are at with him.”

In 90 minutes on the pitch, Morelos did not look at his best as he lost seven of his 10 duels and coughed up possession 17 times. This shows that he was not secure enough on the ball or strong enough to hold off opposition players. The most worrying statistic, however, was that he had seven shots and none of them forced a save from the goalkeeper as four went off target and three were blocked.

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The £33k-per-week dud has taken 29 shots and scored two goals in the Premiership this term. Kemar Roofe, meanwhile, has scored three goals from 19 shots in the division, with four of his appearances coming as a substitute, suggesting that he has been more effective this season.

Therefore, it could be time for Morelos to be given a rest. Gerrard must drop him to the bench and allow him some time to fully recover ahead of their next Premiership match, whilst giving Roofe an opportunity to show that he can be more clinical in front of goal in comparison to his Colombian teammate.

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