The Sunday Mail’s chief football writer Scott McDermott appeared on a recent edition of the Record Rangers podcast during which he spent some time talking about Gers centre-forward Alfredo Morelos.
This comes after the Colombian attacker scored both of the Glasgow club’s goals in their 2-1 Premiership win over Aberdeen at Pittodrie this past weekend.
Sunday’s clash with Aberdeen is the first league game in which Morelos has scored more than one goal since the Gers’ 3-0 win over St. Mirren back in early August.
So, with that in mind, it may be understandable why McDermott shared some excitement over the possibility that “a switch has just been turned” in the £13.5m-rated man who was the Gers’ top league goalscorer in the 2017/18 season and the 2018/19 season.
He said: “If for some reason, a switch has just been turned now and Morelos from now until May is going to produce the kind of form that he showed on Sunday, then Rangers and [Steven] Gerrard will be absolutely delighted. What a turnaround that would be.
“I think he’s been poor for a while now, I don’t think his performances have been up to scratch at all. I think, as a result of that, sadly for Rangers, his value has probably decreased in that time as well, in terms of if they’re looking to move him on.
“If he can get back to anything close to that kind of form between now and the end of the season, not only will Rangers go and romp to the title, they’ll then have a player, again, on their hands in the summer – we’ve spoken before on here about moving assets on and how Rangers need to sell – Morelos would be putting himself in that top category again if he produces more performances like he did on Sunday.
“Certainly, with Morelos, if they can get him back to any kind of form, then it’s perfect timing for Gerrard as we approach the run-in to the title race.”
Do you think Sunday was a turning point for Morelos?
TIF Thoughts on what McDermott said about Morelos…
Considering that before the Aberdeen game, Morelos had scored just four league goals this season – fewer than James Tavernier (11), Ryan Kent (5) and Kemar Roofe (10) have scored – it may be fair to say that he hasn’t been having his best Premiership season.
However, if, as McDermott speculated, this is a turning point for the 24-year-old and he gets close to producing the form he’s shown in previous seasons at Ibrox, then that could be seen as a massive boost for Gerrard and his team, as he’d surely bring more goals to the table, which would help Rangers in their bid to claim the 2020/21 Premiership title and potentially succeed in Europe, with the Gers through to the knockout stages of the Europa League.
It remains to be seen whether or not the Colombia international can build on Sunday’s performance, but if he can, then that is cause for excitement amongst Gers fans, in our view.