Alfredo Morelos’ goals this season have certainly helped fire Steven Gerrard’s revolution to early success.
His goal against Motherwell was his 15th in 26 appearances this season. Considering the fact that the Colombian starts in every big game for Rangers, this is a tremendous stat for him to look back on.
There’s no denying Morelos is at his happiest when he’s scoring. There are times Rangers could be winning matches and he would be furious that he wasn’t on the score-sheet. He must, however, have even more relief knowing that the goal-burden is finally being shared.
Only five of Rangers’ last 20 goals have come from Morelos. In yesterday’s 7-1 demolition of Motherwell, for example, four other players got on the score-sheet to help the Colombian out.
Glenn Middleton has netted in his last two matches, whilst the likes of Scott Arfield, Eros Grezda, Daniel Candeias, and Ryan Kent have all been doing their best to chip in.
One of the biggest criticisms of the Ibrox side earlier this season was their lack of goal-scorers. Outside of Morelos, there weren’t enough players Rangers could rely upon to net on a consistent basis.
A dramatic change up top
That’s now changed dramatically over the last several weeks. Morelos now doesn’t have to stress about not nabbing a goal – it’s now highly likely someone else will.
One player who still isn’t contributing in that sense, however, is Kyle Lafferty. He’s only just returned from what can be described as a medium-term injury. But, irrespective of that, the Northern Irishman only has four goals for Rangers to his name so far this season.
You can say what you want about his lack of game-time. As mentioned previously, it’s Morelos who consistently gets the nod on big game-days. The Colombian has earned that right, however, with his 33 Rangers goals since arriving last season.
Lafferty, however, was signed with the idea of making sure Morelos had a helping hand up top. To say that’s been a success would be a huge overreaction. The lanky striker needs to start knuckling down and focusing on his football.
Regardless, the rest of the Rangers squad are chipping in. If it’s not James Tavernier tucking away penalties then it’s Middleton slotting home inside the box.
Rangers now have goalscorers all over the pitch, and that alone is a massive improvement from last season.