Noel Whelan has questioned Alfredo Morelos’ place in the Rangers squad after Kemar Roofe and Cedric Itten both scored in Saturday’s 3-1 win over Motherwell.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the ex-Aberdeen striker believes there’s stronger competition than for a decade up front at Ibrox.
Morelos has scored seven goals in 22 matches for Rangers this season, well done on his strike rate this time last year.
Just three of those have come at Ibrox, which is eight less than right-back James Tavernier.
This disappointing hit-rate combined with Morelos’s well-documented disciplinary issues have led some to believe that manager Steven Gerrard would be well-advised to place his faith in his other forward options.
“Look, they’ve got an abundance of quality strikers. There’s absolutely no doubt about that,” ex-SPL forward Whelan said to Football Insider.
“I don’t think Morelos has ever, ever had as much competition at the club than he has now. So it’s not a given that he plays and it’s not a given that he’s on the team sheet like he used to be.
“They have got options and quality options now, and this is the real difficulty now for him… He’s shown that petulance and that horrible side to his nature again, and his personality.
“They don’t have to reply on Morelos, they have good strikers at the football club that can do the same job that he does but a more professional way.”