Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos is getting back to his best under the management of Giovanni van Bronckhorst – but the influence of ex-Bayern striker Roy Makaay may well be understated.
As Rangers’ Dutch revolution 2.0 gets underway at Ibrox the Colombian striker has now netted five goals and laid on two assists in six matches.
But when the Dutch contingent arrived in Glasgow van Bronckhorst was clear that it was Roy Makaay who would be working with the forwards.
This was something echoed by ex-Gers coach Jan Wouters, who worked with GVB and Roy Makaay during their time in charge of Feyenoord.
Rangers fans were also rejoicing at the notion Alfredo Morelos would be employed as an out-and-out striker in the side, something they’d missed from the Colombian’s game in recent seasons.
Now in his fifth season at Ibrox, Morelos is now on 12 goals for the campaign, only five behind his total of 17 last season.
For many, this was a sign of Rangers evolving from an over-reliance on the forward, Alfie scoring 29 and 30 in the seasons previously. Even in his first campaign the striker scored 18.
But what Alfie has sacrificed for the team in coming deeper to open up play in Gerrard and Beale’s system has resulted in fewer goals for the forward.
Alfredo Morelos a changed player since ex-Bayern star Roy Makaay has joined Rangers
Morelos also looks leaner, meaner and more focused under this management, Alfredo’s performances against the likes of Hibs in the League Cup previously drawing the ire of supporters.
Alfredo, 25, still has a penchant for dropping deep but since Gio and co came through the front door of the Ibrox main stand his presence on the last line of defence has been evident.
The striker scored the first goal v St Johnstone but his assist for Ryan Kent has also grabbed the attention of Giovanni van Bronckhorst, with the matchwinning forward having a hand in both goals.
“I’m happy with his goals. The first goal was important but so was the assist to Ryan,” said van Bronckhorst [RangersTV].
“We want our strikers to be in the box. Whenever there is danger, we want to be there and we want to create chances for all our players.
“I think it was a deserved goal at the time of the match. Ryan had to be there and he was.”
As the striker made it five in six under van Bronckhorst to get Rangers underway against St Johnstone, there’s a growing feeling that El Bufalo is getting back to his best.
One wonders just how much a role ex-Bayern, Deportivo and Feyenoord forward Roy Makaay has had in the Colombian doing so.
Alfredo Morelos’ performance wasn’t the only one which caught the eye of Rangers fans in the 2-0 victory over the Perthshire Saints.