Murty decision to axe Rangers mainstay for clash v Kilmarnock is spot on
Rangers manager Graeme Murty has surprised fans by axing Alfredo Morelos for Saturday’s Scottish Premiership clash with Kilmarnock in favour of Jason Cummings.
Morelos is the club’s joint-top goalscorer this season and, despite his miss against Celtic in last weekend’s Old Firm clash, most expected him to lead the line against Steve Clarke’s side.
The 21-year-old mainstay has been a huge part of the Gers’ side this season but the decision to bench the Colombian is likely more to do with keeping an eye on his fitness than anything to do with his Celtic Park miss.
After joining the Gers in the summer from HJK Helsinki, Morelos has been going now for 12 months without any substantial break – Finland’s domestic league kicks off in April – and the striker could even find himself booking a place to Russia as part of Colombia’s World Cup squad.
With the Gers set to kick off Europa League qualifying in July, Morelos could find his summer break last no more than a few weeks.
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Having Jason Cummings in reserve means Murty can make the change for the clash with Kilmarnock and still introduce a striker to the team who is more than capable of finding the net and posing serious problems for Killie’s defence.
Of course, it could still back fire for Murty but – before the game at least – it is a decision that makes perfect sense from the Gers boss.
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