In China, 2019 might’ve been the year of the pig, but there’s an argument at Ibrox Stadium and Rangers that it’s actually been the year of El Bufalo.

The development of Alfredo Morelos under the stewardship of Steven Gerrard & Co. this year has been nothing short of remarkable.

2019 so far has seen Morelos bang in 37 goals, get his first strike for Colombia and see him score the most goals before Christmas in the history of European competition [UEFA] in the Europa League.

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Rangers star Alfredo Morelos has developed into the key man at Ibrox Stadium. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

On top of that, Morelos has largely curbed the disciplinary issues which were a blip on the striker’s goalscoring exploits last season.

The solitary red card he has received in this campaign came against Motherwell and being honest, was very harsh if a little reckless from the Colombian striker.

Still only 23, Morelos is now in his third season at Ibrox and each campaign has seen the youngster develop as both a player and a person.

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His incredible scoring rate and infectious on-pitch personality are sure to draw the watching eyes of teams in the Premier League and across Europe.

Rangers – for January at least – are adamant their prized asset is not for sale, warding off potential suitors with £40m soundbites [Scottish Sun].

The summer may well hold different things for El Bufalo and Rangers but in the meantime, there’s little doubt the Colombian will be leading the assault on the Scottish Premiership in the next half of the campaign.

(Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Until the wee man wins something it’s hard to quantify the impact Morelos has had against other Ibrox strikers.

That’s why even if the Chinese are expecting 2020 to be the year of the rat, securing a trophy for Rangers amidst maintaining his goalscoring form will almost surely make it the year of El Bufalo.

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