Alfredo Morelos joined an elite club on Sunday afternoon.
The 23-year-old was introduced as a substitute against Hibernian with just fifteen minutes remaining, but he still managed to net an impressive brace.
Rangers’ Morelos becomes member of exclusive club
In so doing, as reported by the Daily Record, he became just the fifth Colombian to score 100 goals in European club football.
He now sits on a total of 101, accumulated across a season and a half with HJK Helsinki and just over two campaigns at Ibrox.
As a goalscoring centurion, El Bufalo now sits alongside some household names. Only Radamel Falcao, Carlos Bacca, Jackson Martinez and Adrian Ramos have previously reached this milestone.
All of those players are in their 30s, showing just how remarkable it is that the Rangers star got there aged 23. With a massive tally of 230, Falcao sits some way out in front, but Morelos has plenty of time to pull off a takeover.
Forward’s valuation increasing?
Morelos has been subject to persistent transfer speculation throughout the summer. Gers managing director Stewart Robertson slapped a £20 million price tag on him way back in March [Daily Record], but it seems no one has come even close to matching that.
There are question marks over his temperament. Meanwhile, others perhaps regard him as a raw talent rather than a seasoned goalscorer.
Yet, the opening weeks of this season have provided evidence that he’s a top striker. He’s notched seven goals in seven appearances so far, despite only starting four of those games [Soccerbase].
Furthermore, he’s picked up just one yellow card. It’s an encouraging start after the five reds (one rescinded) and 18 yellows he accumulated across 2018/19 [Soccerbase].
Robertson valuation was dismissed by many at the time. Yet, Morelos just looks to be getting better and better.
Realistically, if Oli McBurnie can command a fee of £20 million…