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Rangers: Van Bronckhorst can finally ditch Alfredo Morelos

Rangers supporters have long feared the departure of striker Alfredo Morelos, although on recent evidence an Ibrox exit could well be the perfect solution for all parties, with the marksman struggling to make his mark at present.

The 26-year-old had been heavily linked with a move away from Glasgow over the summer with his current deal set to expire next year, with it having appeared a nightmare scenario if the club were to lose such a vital figure who has largely sparkled since his £1m arrival from HJK Helsinki back in 2017.

Fast forward to the present day and there may now be a sense of ambivalence towards the imposing forward, with the 11-cap Colombian having looked a shell of his usual self so far this term, scoring just twice in eight games in all competitions for the Old Firm outfit.

While the £11.7m-rated man is only just returning from injury – having previously missed the end of the 2021/22 campaign – that fact can not wholly excuse his limp performances to date, having notably been dropped back in August due to concerns over both his fitness and attitude.

Amid the £33k-per-week star’s struggles for a consistent run in the side, summer signing Antonio Colak has seemingly usurped his place as the leading presence in attack, with the Croatia international having scored 11 goals in just 15 appearances already this term.

As pundit Frank McAvennie suggested earlier this season, the latter man is now the “main guy” at the club ahead of Morelos, with ‘The Buffalo’ seemingly no longer the “talisman” as he simply “looks lost” at present.

While still lauded by pundit Kenny Miller as the club’s “best striker” ahead of Colak when firing on all cylinders, the 5 foot 10 menace has been unable to back up that claim of late, notably doing little to impress in the recent defeat to Liverpool at Anfield.

The prolific asset – who has netted 114 goals for the club in 232 appearances across all fronts – was handed a rare start by Giovanni van Bronckhorst for that Champions League clash with Jurgen Klopp’s side, although “barely had a kick“, according to journalist Paul Gorst, making just 26 touches in total.

Although that lack of involvement was largely due to the home side’s dominance – as the Reds enjoyed 64% possession – Morelos notably did little when he did have the ball at his feet, squandering possession 12 times and failing to register a single shot in his 71-minute outing.

The powerful forward also gave the opposition defence a relatively easy ride as he failed to win any of his four aerial duels and won just one of his seven ground duels, having simply proven ineffective both in a defensive and attacking sense.

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Van Bronckhorst’s patience must now be wearing thin with the player, particularly amid the continued uncertainty over his future, with the former Feyenoord boss within his rights to be contemplating whether it was worth trying to keep the long-serving figure at the club.

Morelos has been a hugely important figure for the Scottish giants in the recent past, although that’s not to suggest he has to be a mainstay for the future.

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