Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos was recently called up for Colombia’s World Cup qualifiers against Peru and Argentina in what were crucial ties for the nation, yet he wasn’t even on the bench for the first match of the doubleheader.
The player has been in excellent form as of late, and with an injury to fellow Colombian Duvan Zapata, the manager Reinaldo Rueda added Morelos to the squad for the two matches.
His international record has hardly set the world on fire, with just one goal in 11 appearances for the national team, yet his form merits a place at least amongst the substitutes. This didn’t happen against Peru as he was left out of the side altogether.
Questions will be raised regarding Alfredo Morelos’s Colombia call up
Of course, there is no guarantee the 25-year-old was going to start or get any gametime as the national team looks to qualify for their third consecutive World Cup, but not even making the bench is a kick in the teeth to Rangers and Giovanni van Bronckhorst.
The Ibrox side will be denied the talents of our best striker against our title rivals for him to travel halfway across the world to not even make the matchday squad, questions need to be raised.
It is always great to hear Rangers players gaining international recognition, especially when they could potentially feature in a continental tournament or a World Cup yet seeing them linger about the squad knowing they won’t be utilised is tough to see.
With Colombia being defeated 1-0 by Peru, their World Cup hopes now hang in the balance. The hopes of seeing Morelos in action against Copa America winners Argentina now seem nigh on impossible.
Hopefully, scenarios like this are avoided in the future and the manager can communicate with international teams regarding availability for our key players.
Let’s just hope the club can get six points against Ross County and Celtic without one of our key men.