Under-fire manager’s loss is Rangers’ gain as star’s form boosts title hopes
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Under-fire manager’s loss is Rangers’ gain as star’s form boosts title hopes

Rangers star Alfredo Morelos has been the success story of Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s Ibrox reign as the player bounces back from Colombia disappointment to reignite Rangers’ title race.

Alfie, 25, was recalled for international duty following a sublime run of form under van Bronckhorst but Colombia coach Reinaldo Rueda didn’t even include the striker in his squad let alone provide him any minutes during a disruptive break.

The entire thing was compounded with the fact the break was mid-season with Morelos missing pivotal games for Rangers, including the draw with Ross County and the Old Firm humbling by Celtic.

Whilst there’s no way no tell, the smart money is on Morelos making a tangible difference in both games such is his importance to the team at the moment.

The Colombian firebrand continued his fine scoring form with another goal in the 2-0 win over Hibs, following on from his double in the 5-0 hammering of Hearts.

As a result of the transformational run of nine goals since van Bronckhorst took over, the striker is also now top goal scorer in the Scottish Premiership.

Whilst Ross County star Regan Charles Cook also has 11 goals in the Scottish top flight so far this season, Morelos’ five assists puts him top of the pile.

A perennially under-appreciated player outside of Ibrox, it’s further evidence of a player on song and who – on the current evidence – is the driving force behind Rangers’ title charge.

Alfredo Morelos leads Rangers title charge as Colombia boss comes under fire

No blame can be placed at the feet of Morelos for the club’s post-winter break inconsistency but much of our success can be attributed to the swashbuckling striker.

It’s not just in that bulldozing forward play that Morelos has impressed as of late, but the striker’s ability to pull others into play, turning defenders at will and spraying passes across the pitch, is another underrated feature of his game.

If Alfie can keep this up over the course of the next few months, then it could go down as THE purple patch in the striker’s Rangers career as he develops into (probably) the best player we’ve got.

Rangers are a different team with the Colombian spearheading them and the South Americans must have some forward line if this Alfredo cannot permeate it.

Not that it’s working in Colombia’s favour – manager Reinaldo Rueda is a man under pressure with the country 7th in World Cup Qualifying and in danger of missing out of the World Cup in Qatar.

As a result, Rueda was forced to dodge bottles thrown by supporters frustrated at the nation’s performance in a 1-0 defeat to Peru.

It’s a frustration that will be echoed by Gers fans who saw their star player fly off midway through the season to the other side of the world and not even play.

But Colombia’s loss is Rangers’ gain as a rejuvenated El Bufalo continues to bruise his way through Scottish football and he may well bulldoze his way to the title in the process.

Meanwhile, could one Rangers players injury issues see him miss out on a new contract at Ibrox?