Rangers manager has revealed he was “pleased” by Alfredo Morelos’ first goal in the 6-1 win over Ayr United after the striker had a shocking moment when he scooped the ball over the crossbar from a yard out.
The Colombian then fired home a lovely half-volley with the outside of his boot to draw the Gers level before grabbing a second goal after the break.
A double for Josh Windass and striked from Jason Cummings and Jamie Murphy put the seal on a comprehensive win for the Gers.
The 21-year-old has been prolific in front of goal for the Gers this season and Murty revealed the difference between what he would have done as a player and what Morelos did do when he scored his first.
“We’ve always said Alfredo misses chances – but you have to be there to miss them and it took a high level of technique to finish like he did at his first goal,” Murty said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
“I’d have side-footed the hell out of it rather than lash it like he did – I’d have been properly safe, but that’s the measure of a striker as opposed to a defender.
“He was the optimist and I’m the pessimist. He finished it well and I’m pleased.”
Morelos has hit 15 goals in 30 appearances from the Gers since arriving over the summer in a £1million move from Finnish champions HJK Helsinki.
The Colombian’s form has attracted bids from China as well as reported interest from Turkish giants Fenerbahce.
The win over Ayr secured the Gers place in the quarter-finals of the Scottish Cup and a clash with Championship side Falkirk at Ibrox in March.
Murty’s side are looking to bring the trophy back to Ibrox for the first time since 2009 when Nacho Novo’s strike sealed a Hampden win over the Bairns.
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