Rangers manager Graeme Murty must axe 17-goal striker Alfredo Morelos from his starting XI to face Kilmarnock in this weekend’s Scottish Premiership clash after playing for 12 months without any real rest.
The Colombian has been a revelation at Ibrox this season but has missed a few high-profile chances in recent weeks – especially his nightmare of a miss against Celtic – and is starting to look as though he could do with a rest.
Morelos has been in action consistently since the start of the Finnish season in April 2017 before moving to Ibrox later that summer when Pedro Caixinha was in charge.
With the Gers facing Old Firm rivals Celtic twice before the end of the season – and quite likely twice in a week next month – the Gers need to have Morelos on top form for the Hampden clash with Brendan Rodgers’ side in the Scottish Cup semi-final.
With Jason Cummings chomping at the bit for regular starts, a run of games for the Scotland international would give Morelos a chance to get a breather and let Cummings prove he is worthy of a permanent deal in the summer.
Morelos could even find himself heading to Russia this summer after being touted for a place in Colombia’s World Cup squad which would only make things even more physically demanding on the 21-year-old.
The Colombian striker will be a huge part of the Gers’ side next season – assuming he isn’t sold in the summer – and the Ibrox giants will want him firing on all cylinders from the start of the season.
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