Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos showed again last night why the Colombian is such an integral part to the Light Blues’ success as he extended his lead as the Gers’ all-time European goalscorer – and it is clear that El Bufalo has well and truly established himself as a bonafide Ibrox legend.
While the phrase is bandied about far too easily these days with all sorts of players labelled as legends, there are few at Ibrox in recent years who truly deserve the accolade.
The likes of skipper James Tavernier and Allan McGregor have written their name into Ibrox folklore but debate still rages on over whether Morelos is fitting of being put in the same bracket as icons such as Ally McCoist, Derek Johnstone and other legendary Gers strikers.
His stats speak for themselves and 28 European goals as a Rangers player sees him sit seven ahead of his nearest rival in Super Ally.
111 goals in all competitions. 49 assists. A true favourite of the Rangers support and still only 25. And incredibly he only cost £1million.
Having been at the club five years come summer, Morelos is one of the longest-serving players at the club and it is clear that when he plays at his best he drags this Rangers team to another level.
There are still parts of his game Morelos can improve on – mainly his consistency – but you can hold him up against any striker to have pulled on a blue jersey since McCoist left to join Kilmarnock and he comes out favourably.
As great as Michael Mols was, he was only REALLY great for six months prior to his injury. Same goes for Marco Negri. Nikica Jelavic? Probably the best of the lot technically, but wasn’t around long enough. Rod Wallace was great but didn’t drag the team up a level or two…I could go on for ages.
I wrote in the Daily Record four years ago how El Bufalo is ‘is better than Moussa Dembele and will go for more money‘ and it remains as true today as it did back then.
There isn’t a striker in the country who comes close to the Colombian international and it might only be once he finally moves on that non-Rangers fans appreciate just what we have in the Rangers number 20.
Who knows, if Rangers can manage to keep hold of Morelos long-term, it might not just be McCoist’s European goal record that Morelos takes away.
Here are our Player Ratings from the shock victory over Dortmund last night in the Europa League