Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos has been snubbed by Colombia manager Carlos Queiroz as he named his squad for this summer’s Copa America – but there’s a real benefit for Steven Gerrard’s side of Morelos staying at home this summer.
Queiroz has named a provisional 40-man squad but has decided against including the 22-year-old striker and Rangers can reap the rewards by having a hungry Morelos refreshed and ready to go when the Europa League campaign gets underway in July.
Morelos was part of the Colombia squad for two friendlies in March but obviously didn’t do enough to convince Queiroz he deserved a place in the squad.
Despite scoring 29 goals this season for Rangers, former Real Madrid manager Queiroz has picked eleven strikers in his provisional squad and couldn’t make room for Morelos.
Queiroz will need to whittle that down to a 23-man squad before the competition gets underway.
After picking up several red cards, and missing four games recently through suspension, Morelos’ discipline may have cost him a place in the squad.
With the striker now getting the chance to go away and rest over the summer instead of playing right through without a break, he should be fit and raring to go when the Gers report for pre-season training.
Hopefully, when the new season gets underway, Morelos will use being snubbed as motivation to continue his impressive club performances but also curb some his behaviour and avoid getting involved as often.
While it is undoubtedly a disappointment for Morelos to miss out on the Copa America, Rangers could really stand to gain from it in a few months time.