Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos started in Colombia’s 1-0 win over Ecuador, but he couldn’t continue his goalscoring form for club and country in New Jersey.

The 23-year-old firebrand opened his account for the South Americans with a last-minute winner in the 1-0 win against Peru on Saturday.

But Morelos couldn’t repeat the feat and only played 45 minutes in the friendly against Ecuador, being subbed off at half-time for América forward Roger Martinez.

Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos is now very much a key figure with the Colombian national team. (Photo by Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

Colombia’s matchwinner this time around was Porto midfielder Mateus Uribe, who will be well accustomed to Morelos by now having watched him score twice in as many games against his club side.

Despite only getting 45 minutes, it’s been a good international break for Morelos, with the striker now making seven appearances for his country and scoring once.

Rangers fans will be hoping their talisman returns home from the matches in the United States fresh and ready to go in what is a hectic schedule at Ibrox this December.

But despite the Colombian’s achievements this week, the Scottish press have focused on a one-on-one miss in the match.

Contrasting it with their fawning over Celtic forward Odsonne Edouard, who scored in a defeat at youth level for France, Rangers fans have leapt to the defence of their 22-goal striker.



There is a real feeling that the press in Scotland is determined to see Morelos fail and indulge or exaggerate small nuances surrounding the striker.

The fact Rangers have such an immense, young international talent on their books should be lauded, but instead, there’s a consistent theme of stories bringing the striker down.

The best way for Alfie to answer his critics? Fire Rangers to 55.

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