Debate has raged for a while over just how good Rangers goal machine Alfredo Morelos is and, after El Buffalo netted his 21st goal of the season in the 2-0 win over Porto last night, it’s time to admit that the Colombian striker is a genuine world-class striker.

Ever since he arrived at Ibrox from HJK Helsinki in 2017, there was something a little bit different about Morelos but he was very much a rough diamond in his early months at the club.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 03: Alfredo Morelos of Rangers celebrates scoring his team's third goal during the Betfred League Cup semi final between Rangers and Heart of Midlothian at Hampden Park on November 03, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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Back when Pedro Caixinha was manager, every chance that fell to Morelos had a 50/50 chance of ending up in the stands or the back of the net though you’d rarely bet against him scoring now.

The progression made since his £1million move has been remarkable and when he does eventually move on, Rangers will be looking for the sort of fee that will smash the existing Scottish record.

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In each of his three seasons, there have been clear improvements to his game as the Colombian matures – both physically and mentally – and he’s been simply unplayable for most of this season.

 

Countless times, you’ve seen him absolutely bully opposition defenders to get his name on the scoresheet and he’s up there with the very best of them now.

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Performances against the likes of Porto and Feyenoord have only bolstered his reputation and it seems he’s finally making the step to becoming a regular in the Colombia squad.

11 of Morelos 21 goals have come in the Europa League this season and El Buffalo has blown away any suggestions that he doesn’t score in big games.

Alfredo Morelos of Rangers celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the Scottish Premier League match between Hearts and Rangers at Tynecastle Park on 20 October, 2019 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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It isn’t just his goals either that have helped him take that next step, the way he now looks more composed on the ball and is often barking instructions at team-mates show a player who is full of confidence.

At only 23, he can still get better and hopefully, he can stick around at Ibrox a bit longer.

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