'Sinks or swims' - BBC pundit delivers verdict on Rangers star after Old Firm display
BBC pundit Billy Dodds is convinced Rangers star Alfredo Morelos won’t let missing two gilt-edged chances in Sunday’s Old Firm defeat by Celtic affect his form – and thinks the 21-year-old isn’t the type to go into his shell after hitting the post from a couple of yards.
The Colombian really should have levelled the scores late in the game when the ball fell to him with the goal at his mercy but the former HJK Helsinki star somehow contrived to hit the post.
Dodds thinks the striker either “sinks or swims” after his Old Firm nightmare – and thinks he is mentally strong enough not to let the miss get to him.
“What does Alfredo do? He either sinks or swims,” Dodds said, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“Does he go into a shell and let it ruin his Rangers career? I don’t think he’s that type and I don’t think it will. If he allows it to affect him and his form goes off the boil then it’s a weakness which isn’t the mark of a top striker, he needs to be stronger than that and I’m convinced he is.
“My advice for him is to say that we have all missed them.”
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Morelos has scored 17 times in 35 appearances since his £1million move to Ibrox last summer and has been a revelation at Ibrox.
The powerful striker has been the subject of bids from Chinese Super League side Beijing Renhe although the Gers stood firm to keep a hold of their man before handing him a new contract last week.
Morelos has even emerged as a surprise contender for a place in the Colombia squad for this summer’s World Cup in Russia.
Football Insider verdict:
Morelos has had a few horrendous misses since arriving in Scotland in June and the 21-year-old seems to just dust himself off and get on with it. Misses against Celtic and Ayr United in particular this season already stand out but the Colombian has shown fantastic maturity to move on and keep scoring regardless. It is unlikely the miss in Sunday’s Old Firm game will have any real lingering affect on Morelos. Given the strikers’ lack of a rest since the beginning of 2017, Morelos could be doing with a few weeks to recharge his batteries before the final stretch of games.
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