Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has explained his decision to leave Alfredo Morelos out of the starting lineup against Lech Poznan, as captured by RangersTV.
It was the second game running that Morelos didn’t make the Gers XI after he had gone unused in the 2-0 weekend win over Livingston.
However, the Colombia international was brought on for Kemar Roofe in the 63rd minute and he scored the winner five minutes later to break a run of six games without a goal.
“Alfredo hasn’t been dropped,” explained Gerrard after the game, as captured by RangersTV. “I think in your (the media’s) eyes he has, in my eyes he hasn’t.”
“For me, it was trying to take him out to freshen him up and to try and get that spark that had maybe been missing in the last couple of appearances.
“He’s played a lot of football and came back from Colombia with a bit of jet lag. I think it was needed. We needed also to get Kemar [Roofe] moving and get a good 60 into his legs. So, it’s positives all around in the forward positions and hopefully, that goal will be the catalyst for Alfredo to go on and score some more goals for us.”
Rangers boss explains Alfredo Morelos selection call vs Lech Poznan – Verdict
It was a little surprising to see Morelos miss out on the starting lineup at Ibrox given his lack of involvement in the previous game against Livingston.
However, Gerrard now has strength in depth in the forward positions and a number of players pushing to get involved.
The manager’s reasoning certainly makes sense and the move to introduce El Bufalo as a second-half substitute worked a treat.
The Colombia international looked lively during his time on the pitch and he buried the first chance that came his way to equal Ally McCoist’s European record.
As a result, he’s now very much in line to start the key Premiership fixture at Kilmarnock on Sunday.