Graeme Murty details why Rangers player was axed for clash v Kilmarnock
Rangers manager Graeme Murty has revealed why Alfredo Morelos could only make the bench as his side fell to a surprise 1-0 defeat against Kilmarnock at Ibrox on Saturday – saying the Gers “need to be fair” to Jason Cummings.
Cummings led the line against Steve Clarke’s side but cut a frustrated figure as he found himself isolated for long spells of the game.
Morelos has been playing consistently since April last year after starting the campaign with HJK Helsinki before his summer move to Ibrox.
The Gers boss revealed that he thought the Killie clash “would fit” Cummings but admitted his own frustration at the striker being isolated.
“Alfredo has played a lot of football and we also need to be fair to Jason who has been working extremely hard in training,” Murty said as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
“I thought it was a good game that would fit him but he doesn’t play in isolation.
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“We need to get good supply to give him a chance of representing himself properly.”
The defeat has now left Murty’s side in a position where they could find themselves falling to third in the Scottish Premiership if Derek McInnes’ Aberdeen can win their game in hand.
The Light Blues return to action after the upcoming international break when they travel to face Motherwell on March 31st at Fir Park.
Murty will be desperate to get his side back to winning ways and build some momentum ahead of next month’s Old Firm Scottish Cup semi-final.
Football Insider verdict:
Morelos has looked a bit tired in recent games and the decision to give him a rest wasn’t the catalyst for the Gers’ defeat. The Light Blues manager brought in a very capable replacement into the starting XI in Jason Cummings but the Gers midfield struggle to get the striker involved. Morelos will likely come back into the side for the clash with Motherwell at the end of the month – and will hopefully be refreshed after a brief rest and chance to recharge his batteries ahead of the final run of games this season.
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