Alfredo Morelos to many in Scotland is a hothead, an enigma and a player worthy of criticism. But to Rangers fans and the backroom staff, he’s a top player and absolutely vital to the team. And he will be to any Rangers Europa League success this season.
Gerrard has already said the youngster is arguably Rangers best player. A rival Austrian picked him out as one of two key men.
The 22-year-old Colombian is a focal point of this Rangers team. At times, particularly at Ibrox, the wee man has been unplayable and if Rangers are to progress in Europe, he’ll need to be the same tonight against Rapid Vienna.
He’s already opened his Rangers Europa League account with goals against Osijek and Maribor. He’ll be hoping to add to those tonight after being banned for the first match with Villarreal.
Whilst he was banned for a ridiculous act of petulance, you can’t help but feel it was majorly overplayed.
Critics won’t hold Alfredo back
The browbeating and criticism of Morelos is at times confusing. The Colombian has a timing and positioning of someone many years his senior. He finishes sharply into the bottom corner. He can dribble, he can link up play. And now he’s now an international. And also Rangers’ top scorer.
His temperament is wildly overplayed – he’s been sent off twice in his Rangers career, one of which was rescinded. He is passionate and unruly at times, but he is a top striker. The fact he misses the easy ones and scores the hard ones isn’t that complex to understand either.
He works better on instinct rather than having to think too much about what he’s doing.
That will come with time. Not that Alfredo Morelos particularly cares what his critics outside of Ibrox say anyway.
And when it does, expect him to show his real value to this Rangers side.