Rangers handed 'big, big' Morelos blow after confirmed news - pundit
Rangers have been dealt a “big, big” blow after it was confirmed Alfredo Morelos will miss their clash with Celtic next month (2 February).
That is the view of ex-Premier League and England defender Danny Mills, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after Morelos was called up for Colombia their upcoming World Cup qualifiers.
He has been included in the squad for their games against Peru on 28 January and Argentina on 1 February, which kicks off just hours before the Old Firm derby at Parkhead.
As quoted by the Daily Record yesterday (22 January), Giovanni van Bronckhorst insisted he still has enough firepower to cope without Morelos.
The Ibrox boss may also be without Kemar Roofe for the top of the table clash if he is called up for Jamaica’s World Cup qualifiers.
That will leave the Gers with Cedric Itten and Fashion Sakala as their only senior striker options for the game with Celtic.
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“We talk about this with Africa Cup of Nations players,” Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
“When you sign players who are African, South American or Asian their international calendar is slightly different for the European one, you have to deal with that.
“It’s unfortunate that it comes when it’s the biggest derby in Scottish football.
“He’s going to be a big, big miss for Rangers. It’s a must-win game for Rangers.”
Morelos has six goals in nine games across all competitions under Van Bronckhorst.
He is under contract at Ibrox until the end of next season.