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Rangers: Van Bronckhorst must ruthlessly ditch Alfredo Morelos

Glasgow Rangers secured their place in the last four of the League Cup on Wednesday evening, albeit with there likely to have been few positives for manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst as the Ibrox side looked unconvincing against the spirited second-tier outfit.

Veteran midfielder Steven Davis had given the Old Firm outfit the lead against Dundee inside the opening ten minutes after heading home on the rebound, although the home side were unable to build on that early lead amid what was a limp display on the night, with there having been audible boo’s at full-time around Ibrox at the manner of the display.

The Gers boss seemingly had few complaints about that reception from the home crowd as the Dutchman admitted that his side were “not good enough” – particularly in the closing stages – with that performance coming just a week on from the Glasgow side’s humbling defeat to Liverpool in the Champions League.

One man who again underwhelmed against Gary Bowyer’s side on the night was striker, Alfredo Morelos, with the Colombia international having endured a frustrating evening in front of goal to ensure his miserable run of form continues.

The 26-year-old – who has 114 goals to his name for the club since joining back in 2017 – has only netted twice in all competitions so far this term, having seemingly struggled to make an impact since returning from the thigh injury that ruled the dynamic marksman out of the tail-end of last season.

The 11-cap brute – who was dropped earlier this season amid concerns over his fitness and attitude – was not “the sharpest” against the Dark Blues, according to The Athletic’s Jordan Campbell, with the £11.7m-rated man squandering notable opportunities to get himself on the scoresheet.

One clear-cut chance saw the previously prolific menace fire straight at opposition ‘keeper Adam Legzdins after being played through by skipper James Tavernier, having failed to showcase the ruthless streak in front of goal that had previously been his trademark.

The £33k-per-week powerhouse would produce a tame header on goal just around the hour mark before being hooked for the final 15 minutes or so, having reportedly vented his frustration at his display by kicking out at a chair in the home dugout.

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As Rangers Review journalist Jonny McFarlane noted in his post-match player ratings, Morelos currently ‘looks a long way off the man who bullied defenders left and right in his Europa League heyday of 18/19 under Steven Gerrard’, with it yet to be seen if the striker will be able to recapture his previous form.

Van Bronckhorst had revealed prior to the game that there is yet to be a resolution regarding the player’s contract – which is up at the end of the season – with it perhaps best for all parties if the club ruthlessly moves him on sooner rather than later.

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