Ex-Rangers star Jonatan Johansson is the man who first pointed Alfredo Morelos out to Rangers but the former Finnish striker wouldn’t be surprised if other clubs are doing their homework on the Colombian.

Johansson spotted Morelos during his time at HJK Helsinki and helped take him to Ibrox under Pedro Caixinha way back in 2017.

But with speculation persisting concerning the 30-goal forward’s future Johansson is certain that with the help of new technologies clubs will be scouting the striker.

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Ex-Rangers star Jonatan Johnasson believes clubs will be watching Alfredo Morelos. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“Good teams need strikers who can score a lot of goals, that can be the big difference if you want to be successful,” said Johansson [Daily Record].

“Alfredo holds the ball up, is quick and is strong, so you bring the assets all together and it would make him very valuable to most teams.

Top teams are always interested in good players and particularly goalscorers.

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“Every top club will be using some form of scout and video programmes.

“The teams and data analysts will be comparing him to other players and they will be looking at the statistics to see if he could do it in a so-called bigger league as well.

“A lot of teams will be doing their homework and there will be a lot of scouts at Ibrox as soon as they are allowed back in.”

 

Johansson was an international star – earning 106 caps for the Finnish national team – and is one of the region’s most successful players.

It was whilst he was back working in Finland that Morelos first caught his eye but the ex-Gers striker had to do a bit of digging before suggesting Morelos to Pedro Caixinha.

7 Nov 1999: Jonaton Johansson of Rangers celebrates his goal against Celtic in the Scottish Premier League match at Ibrox in Glasgow, Scotland. Rangers won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Michael Steele /Allsport

“I knew Alfredo from when I was assistant manager of the Finnish national team and I watched his HJK Helsinki team a lot,” said Johansson.

“He caught my eye but I spoke to some of his team-mates, his manager and coaches to get an insight into him. I did a thorough background check before recommending him to Pedro.

“A lot of the time it comes through these types of scouting programmes at first.

“I made some clips of Alfredo to show Pedro and why I thought he would do well in Scotland.

“These types of programmes are a big help for that. Viewing people live and getting inside information are also very important.

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard will be desperate to hold on to his talismanic striker. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

“Character is a big thing and that is something you don’t necessarily get that in these types of statistic-based programmes.”

Rangers striker Morelos has been linked with a range of moves away from Ibrox this season, with Italian giants Lazio the latest to be linked to the striker [ItaSportPress].

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