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Derek Johnstone: Question marks are starting to arise around this Rangers first teamer


Former Rangers striker Derek Johnstone thinks Alfredo Morelos’ inability to score against Celtic is raising question marks over the 21-year-old’s mentality.

Morelos missed two fantastic chances in last weekend’s 3-2 Old Firm defeat by Brendan Rodgers’ side – and has missed a number of chances in the two previous clashes between the Glasgow giants this season.

The Colombian has scored 17 times in 35 first team appearances for the Light Blues to make him the club’s top goalscorer this season but has drawn a blank in three attempts against the Hoops.

Johnstone admits that he hopes Morelos’ misses against Celtic do not hang over the striker and insists he needs to get back scoring this weekend against Kilmarnock.

“I have spoken before about Rangers players having to have that big-game mentality, and question marks are starting to arise around Alfredo Morelos in that regard,” Johnstone said, as quoted by the Evening Times.

“Despite an impressive goalscoring record, he has yet to find the net against Celtic and has passed up some gilt-edged opportunities.

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“I just hope that the fact he has missed these chances against Celtic and has yet to score against them doesn’t become an albatross around his neck. He’s got to get back to scoring goals quickly on the domestic scene, and that starts on Saturday.”

Morelos has become a big favourite with Gers fans after his £1million move from HJK Helsinki last summer and were delighted to see him put pen to paper on a new contract with the club last week.

The Colombian’s form for the Light Blues has even seen him touted for a place in his country’s squad for this summer’s World Cup in Russia.

After his two misses against Celtic, the 21-year-old will be keen to find the net against Kilmarnock on Saturday when Graeme Murty’s side face them in the Scottish Premiership.

Football Insider verdict:

Morelos has shown enough since arriving at Ibrox to prove he knows where the goal is and Johnstone’s claim his misses raise questions over his mentality are wide of the mark. Here’s a 21-year-old Colombian who has upped sticks and moved to Finland shortly after turning 21 and scored goals consistently before moving to Scotland and continuing to score goals consistently. That should say much more about his mentality that a couple of misses. Morelos still has areas of his game he clearly needs to work on but has shown enough that his mentality is one aspect of him that should be beyond question by now.

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