Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos might still only be 24 years old but the Colombian has already marked his place in Ibrox folklore with his stunning European goals haul for the club – and El Bufalo can be considered as the Gers’ best centre-forward since Ally McCoist was in his pomp.
Morelos netted his 23rd European goal – two more than McCoist’s previous all-time club record – and there is no sign that he is going to stop scoring any time soon in continental competition.
Since moving to Ibrox in 2017 from HJK Helsinki, Morelos has hit an outstanding 90 goals in 171 appearances while also contributing a further 42 assists. [Transfermarkt]
But it isn’t just his prolific nature in front of goal that seems him overtaking the likes of Michael Mols, Kris Boyd and Nikica Jelavic as pretenders to McCoist’s crown.
Morelos all-round play is massively under-rated by fans and pundits alike in Scotland and it is clear that when the Colombian international isn’t in the side that Rangers are poorer for it.
The way he can terrorise defenders into mistakes is a constant feature of his game and it’s frightening to think that he can still get better as he gets to his peak.
Morelos hasn’t been scoring anywhere as regularly this season as he did last term but he is still every bit as important – possibly even moreso – to Steven Gerrard’s side as they close in on 55.
Buff’s goals have, obviously, been a massive part of the Gers’ success in Europe over the last two seasons and his value to the club has been immeasurable despite some mis-step.
While there are still some aspects of his game that need worked on – his temperament being one, although it has improved – if Rangers can keep hold of Morelos for a while longer then they can really reap the benefits.
The chance to play in the Champions League next season and potentially reach 30 European goals for Rangers in the process is sure to be a massive lure to El Bufalo.
With him and his family seemingly well settled in Glasgow, even another 18 months at Ibrox could see Morelos reach truly legendary status at the club.
Speculation over his future has surrounded Morelos almost since he first arrived but the Gers have managed to keep him in Scotland so far – although everyone can probably accept already that he will move on before too long.
Another season in Scotland – and another boatload of goals – would also see his transfer value continue to soar while likely attracting interest from some of the biggest clubs in Europe.
When he does finally move on, there’s going to be a massive job on the club’s hands to replace the man who can now take the moniker of the best Rangers striker of the 21st century…so far at least.
A Rangers loanee was sent off for the first time in his career on Saturday while another scored a spectacular goal as his team came from behind to secure an unlikely draw.