Best signing Rangers have made in years? Talisman key to 2019 success
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Half-Term Report: Alfredo Morelos

After a short break over the latter part of the weekend, we follow on from Kyle Lafferty, with an assessment of Alfredo Morelos.
The Colombian joined from HJK Helsinki in 2017 for approximately £1 million, as well as a few add-ons.
One of which, a friendly between the two clubs involved in the deal, takes place at Ibrox on Sunday. Yet, the talisman may still be unleashed in the Scottish Cup against Cowdenbeath, on Friday evening.

Morelos was an absolute steal for £1 million. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

He had a reasonable first campaign as a Ger, but what a time he’s enjoying this season.
At the half-way stage, he has almost surpassed last season’s tally of league goals. He currently sits on 12, in comparison to 14 last time round.
What’s more, a hat-trick in the League Cup and contributions to Rangers’ Europa League campaign, have ensured he has already reached the magic 20-goal mark.

Morelos celebrates his 20th of the season against Hibs on Boxing Day. (photo by Alan Rennie/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Of course, there have been disciplinary problems. He has picked up three red cards so far, the most frustrating and unnecessary of which, came in a 1-0 home defeat to Aberdeen.
Yet, he is an all-action player and at 22, naivety and over-enthusiasm are going to rear their heads every now and then.
The most important thing, is that he’s winning matches for Rangers.

Two of the best examples of that, came away from home at Hearts and, dramatically, against St Johnstone.
His desire to get on the end of every cross and to get himself in the right areas has saved Rangers on many occasions this season.

El Buffalo’s exploits have given him hero status amongst the Rangers faithful. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Although the Gers have had a productive January window, it’s hard to think of a better signing than Morelos in the club’s recent past.

Plucked from relative obscurity in the Finnish top tier, the scouts have unearthed a gem.
If Rangers are to win things in 2019, this man will be front and centre of the success.

Grade: A

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