Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos is the toast of Ibrox Park after reaching 100 goals for the Gers.
The main man at Ibrox for the last five seasons, it’s a monumental milestone for the striker to reach and comes despite the Colombian being only 25-years-old.
Steven Gerrard has encouraged El Bufalo to go on and make an even bigger mark in the Ibrox annals with a feeling growing that now the milestone has been reached, some pressure has been relieved.
But we think that whilst thinking of all the Alfredo Morelos love-hearts to come is a nice fantasy of a Monday afternoon, Morelos’ 100th strike gives us the chance to look back on all those goals to date.
Thankfully, Rangers have included the entire century in a special compilation on RangersTV but here we look at the five biggest goals from the Alfredo Morelos 100 and the indelible mark they’ve left in Ibrox.
And we’re not just talking about the knee slides.
Morelos v Hibs 12/08/2017
Morelos’ first goal in a Rangers shirt would be his first of eight against Hibs – the club against which he has scored against the most for the Gers.
Whilst this match may not have been the most memorable – Rangers lost 3-2 amid some horrific officiating from John Beaton – Alfie will remember it as the one which got his Ibrox career underway.
Scoring a mere 3 minutes into the game, this was Morelos’ first Ibrox start in a Rangers jersey and his first real introduction to the Scottish Premiership.
Who’d have known back then that this 20-year-old from Cerete in Colombia would go on to become an Ibrox centurion.
Morelos v Aberdeen 06/02/2019
Fast forward a season and Alfredo Morelos has over a year under his belt in Scotland and a burgeoning reputation as a prolific striker with a feisty edge.
Red cards mounted up almost as quickly as goals as opposition players targeted the immature forward and referees were especially hard on him.
But under Steven Gerrard’s tutelage – having been originally signed by Pedro Caixinha – Alfie began to develop into a more well-rounded forward.
Alfredo’s season 18/19 was defined by goals and red cards – 30 strikes being his best return in a campaign and his five red cards the same – and against Aberdeen this game summed up where he was at perfectly.
Morelos was on quite incredible form to put the Dons to the sword with two outstanding finishes – the second of which we’re putting on the list.
But after lashing it home past Joe Lewis, the striker would see red in the second half following a tussle with Scott McKenna.
The Dons star would walk too, but if ever there was a match to sum up Morelos’ season that year, it was the 4-2 win at Pittodrie.
Morelos v Legia 29/09/2019
The following season would see Rangers go under yet another important development under Steven Gerrard from Europa League maybes to tournament regulars.
This season saw a real maturity and development in all of Rangers’ play and this was no more evident than in the displays of Alfredo Morelos.
The striker – who is now Rangers’ all-time European top scorer – was determined to show everyone that he could compete on the big stage and fired Rangers to Europa League qualification with eight goals.
The final of which was against Legia Warsaw in a remarkably tight match on which so much rested – not least the European prize money investment to purchase Ryan Kent for £7m.
With the sides level at 0-0 after 180 minutes and the game edging towards extra time, in came a ball from Jordan Jones and well, well you know the rest.
Ibrox. Delirium. Alfredo Morelos in Europe.
Morelos v Porto 07/11/2019
Given Alfie’s prowess on the European stage for Rangers – to date he has 25 European goals for the club – then it’d be remiss not to mention that night against Porto.
Morelos had already scored away from home in the group against the Portuguese giants in a 1-1 draw and Rangers welcomed Porto to Ibrox in the return.
Out of a range of major European results for Steven Gerrard, the 2-0 win against Champions League regulars FC Porto is up there with the best of them.
With the match tied at 0-0, up stepped Alfredo to strike an absolute beauty into the bottom corner from the edge of the box after a Ryan Jack pass.
It will go down as one of Alfie’s best in a Rangers jersey and stands as one of 14 goals before Christmas in Europe, something officially recognised as a record by UEFA.
It might also be part of the reason why the Portuguese side are linked to the Colombian almost season-after-season.
Morelos v Celtic 22/03/2021
OK, so we might not always admit it, but Alfredo Morelos’ poor record in Rangers matches against Celtic was something which had become something of a crutch.
In matches against our Old Firm rivals the striker would often snatch at chances and as the drought went on, so the nervousness appeared to increase.
Celtic fans used it as ammo, Rangers fans claimed that as long as won then Alfie scoring didn’t matter.
But as we enjoyed ultimate domination over our capitulating rivals last season, it was the perfect campaign for Alfredo to end the barren spell.
It took Morelos over 15 matches to hit the back of the net v Celtic and when it came, it probably couldn’t have went any better.
Bundling the ball over the line at Parkhead in a 1-1 draw in the season we went unbeaten against them – a goal which shouldn’t really be making a highlight reel anywhere – dropping the two points was worth it hear Scott Brown post-match.
🗣️"The first half we were exceptional and could have had three or four & were denied a penalty"
Celtic captain Scott Brown has his say on the 1-1 draw against Old Firm rivals Rangers.
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— Sky Sports Scotland (@ScotlandSky) March 21, 2021
‘Whoever it was at the back post’ broke Celtic hearts that day, then he’d go on to meg Brown and fire it past Scott Brown weeks later at Ibrox to get his second v Celtic in a 4-2 win and put any notion he can’t score against them to bed.
Rangers fans have been sending their congratulations to Alfredo Morelos as he reached the milestone 100 with some joking that balloons may well have been awaiting him on his return home.