By James Black
Pedro Caixinha has told his team they can’t rely on Alfredo Morelos too much this season if they are to challenge Celtic for the Scottish Premiership title, but has hailed what was almost a perfect performance from the Ibrox star.
Caixinha watched his side slip to a 2-2 draw with Partick Thistle on Friday night with Morelos scoring his eight goal for the Light Blues in his last six games.
The 21-year-old forward has had a great start to Rangers career after scoring 8 goals since his £1million from Finnish side HJK Helsinki and he is quickly becoming a fan favourite at Ibrox for his goal-scoring exploits.
Graham Dorran’s fantastic strike levelled the game after Thistle took a second-half lead but Caixinha believes his players need to help out the Colombian striker more.
“The individual cannot be more valued than the collective,” Caixinha said as quoted by the Evening Times.
“I’ll say (Morelos) was perfect had we won, the same with the goal for Dorrans had it been our third.
“The collective is more important and we must continue to work deeply on the details that will definitely take us to a different level.”
Caixinha’s side return to Firhill on Tuesday night in the quarter final of the Betfred Cup before welcoming Celtic to Ibrox for the first Old Firm game of the season.
Rangers’ bitter rivals eased past Ross County 4-0 on Saturday afternoon to open up a five-point gap between the sides at the top of the Scottish Premiership ahead of the Old Firm clash.
The draw cost the Gers the chance to draw level on points with Celtic – albeit temporarily – as Rangers look for their first Scottish title since 2010/11.
There was even the possibility for Pedro Caixinha’s side to go top for the first time since Xmas 2011 with a five-goal winning margin but Thistle defended resolutely and stole a point.