Rangers manager Graeme Murty has challenged Colombian striker Alfredo Morelos to “end the season on a high” and finish as top goalscorer after revealing the 21-year-old was “very low” after his Old Firm miss v Celtic.
The Gers star came in for criticism after somehow managing to hit the post from a few yards out in the dying minutes of last weekend’s 3-2 defeat but Murty has challenged him to get back scoring and add to his 17 goals for the season.
Morelos is tied with Josh Windass as the club’s top goalscorer and is just behind Kilmarnock’s Kris Boyd in the Scottish Premiership goal rankings.
Murty thinks the striker’s miss against Celtic should “light a fire under him” and serve as motivation to continue to do better for the Light Blues.
“Alfredo was very down after the match, very low, but he must put it behind him and learn from it. It should light a fire under him,” Murty said, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“We have to get him in front of goal again and back on the horse to restore his confidence. The best way to get over it is to score a goal – and then another. Finish as the top scorer in the country and end the season on a high.”
The Colombian has been a revelation since arriving at Ibrox from Finnish champions HJK Helsinki in a £1million move last summer and attracted bids in excess of £11million from Chinese Super League side Beijing Renhe last month.
Morelos’ form has even attracted attention in his homeland with the striker touted for a place in the Colombian World Cup squad for this summer’s finals in Russia.
Murty’s side return to action after last weekend’s Old Firm defeat when they face Steve Clarke’s Kilmarnock at Ibrox on Saturday.
Football Insider verdict:
After some really bad misses earlier in the season, Morelos has shown before that it hasn’t affected him much previously so hopefully with a week to get it out of his system the 21-year-old is back to his usual self when the Gers face Kilmarnock. Despite the title race being over, the Gers have still to secure second-place in the Scottish Premiership as well as facing a Scottish Cup semi-final with Celtic at Hampden next month. The Gers might also be thinking about moving the striker on in the summer if the price is right so will want him to keep scoring and driving the price higher and higher.
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