Ex-International boss delivers verdict on striker Rangers have reportedly agreed a deal for
By Harvey Byrne
Ex-Finland manager Mixu Paatelainen has told that players like Alfredo Morelos are hard to come by with the striker heavily linked with a move to Rangers.
The Scottish Sun reported on Friday morning that the Ibrox giants had agreed a deal with Finnish top-flight club HJK Helsinki worth a massive £1million.
The 20-year-old is part of a long list of possible in comings as manager Pedro Caixinha plans to overhaul the squad that finish in third place last season.
However, little is known of Morelos outside of Finland, which is where Helsinki-born Paatelainen is an expert.
The old Dundee, Kilmarnock and Hibernian boss admitted that he can’t predict whether Morelos will be a hit at Ibrox, but did say if he has the chance to score then he will.
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“I cannot say he will be a hit in Scotland, you can never say that about anyone,” told Paatelainen, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
“He is a goalscorer, though. Give him a chance and he will score goals.
“Those players are hard to come by, invaluable.
“The Finnish league is more like a European tempo. The Scottish league is fast and physical and sometimes it takes time for a player to adjust.
“When I came to Scotland at first I was fit but after 30 minutes of my first few games the lactic acid was pumping.
“Sometimes it takes a little while for players to adjust to the style of Scottish football.
“Sometimes people can find it difficult in Scotland, I’m not saying that would be the case for Morelos but it’s true.”
Morelos rose to stardom for HJK in the last campaign, scoring a very fine 26 goals in 37 appearances in all competitions.
He has continued that form this season and after 25 matches in the Finland campaign, which ends in October he has managed to return 21 goals and five assists.
Rangers certainly missed an out and out goalscorer in the Premiership last season with Martyn Waghorn topping the charts with 16 goals in 41 matches in all competitions and fans will certainly be hoping that Morelos can be an answer to that problem.
In other Rangers news, Derek Johnstone has spoken highly of this Gers summer signing.