As Rangers stumbled to a 2-1 defeat against Malmo FF in Sweden, the Ibrox fans couldn’t help but feel that there was something missing in the shape of Alfredo Morelos.

As the Gers prepared for this all-important Champions League qualifier, El Bufalo was preparing for his return in a hotel car park.

Colombia’s somewhat unexpected 3rd place finish in the Copa America and Morelos’ subsequent break means the Gers are still awaiting the return to their talisman to training.

That’s despite several voices in the media taking aim at Morelos and criticising him for his late arrival back in the country.

Instead, Rangers relied on Cedric Itten up front and whilst the big Swiss forward tried hard, it very much felt like Rangers couldn’t get enough players close to the big man.

Morelos is a different type of striker, and his physical style is supplemented with his ability as a complete forward, the Colombian regularly pulling defenders out of position and coming deep to spark attacks.

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In these areas between the defence and midfield Morelos becomes a real handful and the fact that he is a strong passer of the ball backs up his influence in this part of the pitch.

It’s also not rare to find Morelos popping up on either wing and that versatility and flexibility drags opposition defenders out of position and Rangers into them.

The Ibrox side are undoubtedly a better team with Morelos in it and as Steven Gerrard works out how to make the most of Itten’s attributes, and Fashion Sakala settles in, Rangers fans are hoping Morelos can return v Malmo next week.

There are also plenty of fans expressing frustration that the striker wasn’t available for the match, even if that’s no fault of Morelos’:

 

Rangers still have a chance in Sweden but they’ll need to improve ahead of the clash with the Scandinavians even if there will be players returning.

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard didn’t miss as he claimed “six or seven” players must raise their levels ahead of the return leg.

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