Date: 7th December 2018 at 10:10am
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Former Rangers coach Jonatan Johansson has called ‘nasty’ Ibrox frontman Alfredo Morelos ‘the main striker in Scotland’.

The Colombian international has hit 17 goals in 28 games in all competitions this season, as well as bagging ten assists, and Johansson has been impressed with his physical transformation this campaign, too.

“I’ve seen a big change in his body shape this season,” he told the Scottish Sun. “I’ve seen a change in he can play 90 without getting tired, too. He’s been fantastic late into games. You see him making long sprints and that’s down to the current regime.

“He’s a great kid and I really like his personality. He loves life and football. When you put him on a pitch, he wants to score goals and he’s a joy to work with. He can shoot with his left or right foot, he’s strong, he can be nasty and he’s quick. He knows how to push defenders around and his movement is good. For me, he is the main striker in Scotland.”

OPINION

This is a big claim from Johansson. Obviously he has a bit of Ibrox bias, that’s only natural, but Morelos is starting to make his status as a top striker undeniable. His form this season has been terrific and so it’s hard to deny that he is one of, if not the, finest frontman in Scotland. The problem with Morelos is, of course, his discipline issues. They are a real plague on his game and mean that you can never truly rely on him. That’s frustrating because he has the talent to be an elite level attacker. He is the top scorer in the Scottish Premiership and he has a pretty good goal per minute ratio at 124 minutes per goal, as well. That tally is beaten by Odsonne Edouard of Celtic, who you would have to say is his main competition for the title of best striker in Scotland. The Frenchman is another fantastic young frontman and it’s extremely hard to pick between the two players. Hopefully their healthy rivalry will help drive both players along.