Last night’s fixture had the potential to be a momentous occasion for both the club and an individual. However, Alfredo Morelos failed to break a big goalscoring record by drawing a blank against Aberdeen.
The Colombian was bidding to score for the eight consecutive league fixture. Instead, his night ended early, as he was dismissed just after the hour mark.
But, was it a once in a lifetime opportunity?
Logic would suggest that it probably was. That isn’t to say that Morelos is at the peak of his powers yet.
He’s still only 22 and as he showed last night, he still has a lot to learn. As he matures he will develop into a better player, of that, there is little doubt.
Yet, that doesn’t mean he will be able to score in as many straight league match ever again.
A run like that doesn’t just come down to ability, or form. It requires sustained fitness and a clean disciplinary record as a given.
But, most importantly, it requires a significant amount of luck. Decisions need to go for you, balls need to bounce your way and you need that luck to last.
That’s the main reason, why no one in the history the SPFL, has ever scored in eight on the bounce.
If Morelos stays at the club in the long-term, he is sure to rack up a very healthy career goal tally. Yet, he is unlikely to ever get a better chance to add this particular record to his list of achievements.
When he trudged down the tunnel earlier than planned last night, it wasn’t just the three points that slipped away.