Rangers star Alfredo Morelos has suffered an international blow after being left out of the Colombia squad for their upcoming World Cup Qualifiers.

The Gers forward hasn’t quite been firing on all cylinders this season and the Colombia manager Reinaldo Rueda has overlooked him for this round of fixtures.

There is fierce competition for places in the Colombia squad and Morelos will need to find his goalscoring form again to get into the manager’s plans.

The likes of Atalanta’s Duvan Zapata, Feyenoord’s Luis Sinisterra, Frankfurt’s Rafael Santos Borre and Gremio’s Miguel Angel Borja have been selected in front of the Rangers striker.

Morelos, 25, remains a key player for the Gers and whilst he hasn’t quite hit the heights of previous seasons yet, don’t bet against the striker hitting a rich vein of form in the coming months.

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Alfie endures a plethora of exit links every summer and amid links to FC Porto the striker reiterated his happiness in Glasgow and ambitions for the future earlier in the month.

“You heard a lot about my departure, that Porto or several teams that made a proposal, but did not reach an agreement with Rangers, so my stay in Rangers continues and I feel happy,” said Morelos [Radio Caracol].

“I started in the best way, scoring goals and what is to come. That’s important to me.

“The offers have been there. An agreement has not been reached with the teams.

“I am calm and I am a young player, I hope that soon the opportunity to leave will be given.

“Here at Rangers I have already been champion, I have made history and we hope that it will happen; the opportunity to come out in the best way.

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Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos has been dealt an international blow with Colombia. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“Each player wants to improve each day and be in a better league, in a more watched league.

“This league (Scottish Premiership) has taught me important things in my career.

“I have started in the best way, the previous one I scored many goals. Also, may it be God’s opportunity and may a big step be taken soon.”

Meanwhile, a leading Scottish journalist has claimed that Rangers were keen on a once £4m-rated striker currently plying is trade in the Scottish Premiership.

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