Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has hinted that he could drop Alfredo Morelos for tomorrow’s Europa League clash with Leverkusen and admits he has a “decision to make” over who starts in attack against the Germans.
Florian Kamberi has impressed since arriving at the club on deadline day and with Jermain Defoe injured it looks like a straight pick between the two.
Morelos has struggled for form since the winter break and Gerrard confessed that he needs his players at their best when they face the Bundesliga side for a place in the quarter-finals.
“I think one thing’s for sure, for us to have any chance of progression through this stage, we’re going to need all our players in form and at it,” Gerrard said, as quoted by the Evening Express.
“They need to bring their best and max-out over the course of the 90 minutes. Alfredo is no different.
“I think Alfredo’s aware of where his form is at. We’re all aware of that. But we all know he’s very capable at this level against this type of opposition.
“Him being at his best, taking chances for us, gives us a better chance of progressing.
“But I’ve got a decision to make with the number nine position.”
Morelos is the top goalscorer in the competition but has looked very out of sorts in recent weeks as he aims to hit his 30th goal of the season.
His form before the winter break saw him become the first player ever to grab 14 goals in European competition pre-Christmas as he fired Rangers into the knockout phase of the Europa League.
Tomorrow night – if selected – would be the perfect opportunity for him to get back to what he does best and fire the Gers into a strong position ahead of next week’s second leg in Germany.