With an international call-up in the bag, Alfredo Morelos’ value could rocket with a good Old Firm performance.
The Colombian was called-up to his international squad for the first time in his career earlier this week. Supporters queued up to lavish the 22-year-old with praise afterwards.
Morelos has also fired home six goals since the start of the season – bagging both domestically and in the Europa League qualifiers.
The former Helsinki man is certainly starting to prove his worth at Ibrox, and is moulding into the star his potential shows he can be.
However, nothing could rocket his reputation and valuation more than a solid Old Firm performance.
Derby success stories
Just look across the city at how much a good derby showing can increase your value.
Moussa Dembele had struggled to make an early impact two years ago. However, a series of impressive displays against Rangers really thrust his valuation up.
The Frenchman scored five goals against the Gers within six months, and all of a sudden talks of £30m bids were being touted.
Granted, Dembele also bagged against Manchester City in the Champions League to help bolster that value.
Odsonne Edouard is another one who made himself a hero for Celtic last season through the derby. A few goals against Graeme Murty’s Gers and all of a sudden Celtic spent £9m on the former PSG kid.
Morelos is capable
It shows just how big Old Firm performances can be. Morelos has shown a capability to score against other sides in Scotland. However, he’s yet to have that break through Old Firm match.
He has come close too.
The youngster missed several massive opportunities against Brendan Rodgers’ side in three different matches last season. There were more chances, but there were a few that stood out.
The Colombian took pelters for his misses at Celtic Park and Ibrox. However, he was getting into positions and Rangers were providing him with the service.
Should Steven Gerrard feel the need to go with Morelos for Sunday, he’s shown he has the attributes to cause Celtic problems.
And a breakthrough Old Firm performance on Sunday will see him shot to hero status.