Rangers and Alfredo Morelos have responded after the official UEFA Europa League Twitter account tweeted about El Bufalo’s outstanding record in the competition.
The second leg of the Gers’ Europa League knockout playoff against Borussia Dortmund is just a day away and the champions of Scotland carry a two goal advantage into the match following a sensational 4-2 first-leg triumph in Germany.
The result was a shock but it was no surprise that Morelos was centre stage, scoring one goal and playing a major role in another.
The 25-year-old has been in excellent form across all competitions recently anyway, but he almost always turns it on in Europe.
He’s come up with big goals in the past against the likes of Porto, Feyenoord, Legia Warsaw and Sparta Prague.
The Colombia international is Rangers’ top European goalscorer of all time and when you look at his overall numbers in the Europa League, they really are impressive.
An employee at UEFA clearly feels the same way, as their official EL account tweeted a graphic on Tuesday captioned: ‘Morelos’ record in this competition (includes qualifying)’, followed by fire and clapping emojis.
The numbers provided were 59 games and 31 goals.
If the vast majority of his contributions had been against relatively weak sides in qualifying, this would be less impressive.
But Morelos’ record in the Europa League proper is excellent. From 30 appearances, he’s bagged 14 goals and notched ten assists [Transfermarkt].
Rangers responded to the tweet with an image of Morelos applauding supporters after an EL match and a clapping emoji, then the player himself also responded, quote tweeting the post and adding buffalo, football and Colombian flag emojis.
Such is the quality in the Dortmund squad, the German giants are still very much in the tie ahead of the second leg at Ibrox.
But the atmosphere will no doubt be incredible under the lights in Govan and if Morelos brings his A-game once again, there’s a good chance the Gers will make it through.