Few would argue that Alfredo Morelos is key to Rangers’ success – but the 0-0 draw with Kilmarnock on Saturday showed just how important the Colombian is to the Gers’ ambitions.

After being hit with a three-match ban, Morelos sat out the Rugby Park clash meaning Jermain Defoe was tasked with leading the line alone.

19th December 2018, Easter Road, Edinburgh, Scotland; Ladbrokes Premiership football, Hibernian versus Rangers; Adam Bogdan of Hibernian makes a great save from the Alfredo Morelos of Rangers shot at goal

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Without Alfredo in attack, Gerrard’s side didn’t have someone capable of holding the ball up and pressuring defenders when not in possession.

This is no slight on Defoe but the on-loan Bournemouth striker is a different type of player from Morelos.

KILMARNOCK, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 09: Jermain Defoe of Rangers shoots for goal and misses under pressure Daniel Bachmann and Scott Boys of Kilmarnock FC during the Scottish Cup 5th Round match between Kilmarnock and Rangers at Rugby Park on February 9, 2019 in Kilmarnock, Scotland.

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Defoe would really be more suited to playing alongside someone but with Morelos out that only leaves Kyle Lafferty.

The Ulsterman hasn’t really impressed but is always a good option to have around.

Morelos’ goals are obviously a big part of it too but El Buffalo is much more than just a goalscorer.


Few strikers have his unerring ability to shield the ball and outmuscle defenders.

VIENNA, AUSTRIA - DECEMBER 13: Alfredo Morelos of Rangers challenges Mateo Barac of Rapid during the UEFA Europa League match between Rapid Wien and Rangers at Weststadion on December 13, 2018 in Vienna, Austria.

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Rangers are a much poorer team without him and it showed badly at Rugby Park.

Trying to play an identical style with a very different striker was never likely to work well.

With the Colombian sitting out the next two league games, there might well be a tactical tweak to suit.


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