Rangers star Alfredo Morelos is set to start the Scottish League Cup clash with Aberdeen amid controversial comments from Anthony Stewart.

The Dons skipper caused a bit of a storm leading up to the Hampden semi-final by claiming he believed that Antonio Colak was a better player than Alfredo Morelos.

The Aberdeen defender justified the claim by saying he’d come up against both during his time at Pittodrie.

If Alfredo Morelos needed any additional ammunition to slaughter the sheep, then he’s just been given it.

“For me they are two completely different strikers,” he said,” said Stewart.

“I do rate one better than the other. I would say Colak is a better striker than Morelos, in my opinion.

“Just their all-round game, I have played against both of them and I can give my opinion on them.

“I watch both of their clips and I will kind of know what sort of game to put up against them.”

Alfredo Morelos in line to start v Aberdeen

The comments have gained a lot of publicity with Alfredo Morelos – a player often accused of a lack of focus – now given extra motivation against Aberdeen.

The Colombian forward is also expected to start the Scottish League Cup clash at Hampden amid the latest Michael Beale injury update.

Beale – who was visibly shocked when he found out about Anthony Stewart’s comments via journalists – revealed that Colak is carrying a knock for the match.

Combine this with Kemar Roofe only just returning to the squad after a season defined by injury, and it all points to Alfredo Morelos starting v Aberdeen.

That’s even if Beale doesn’t believe Anthony Stewart’s comments give the striker extra motivation.

“Colak had a slight problem and is touch and go for this weekend,” said Beale [Rangers].

“Roofe is ready to go, he is a really high-quality player.

“To get to a final by playing in semi-final, I think that’s Alfredo’s motivation at the moment.

“I didn’t see that comment. I’d hate to comment on it without seeing it actually come from his mouth so I’ll maybe comment on that another time.”

Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos has so often been a difference maker v Aberdeen and let’s hope Anthony Stewart is eating his words at Hampden

Here’s our predicted XI for the match.

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