By James Black
Rangers icon Colin Stein admits he has been impressed with the start Alfredo Morelos has made to his Ibrox career.
The Colombian striker has netted eight goals since his £1million move from Finnish champions HJK Helsinki and Stein believes that the striker’s early form can only help him settle quicker in Glasgow.
Stein also made a prolific start to his Rangers career way back in 1968 with back-to-back hat-tricks against Arbroath and Hibs before grabbing a double in his third appearance for the Gers.
Stein would go on to write his name in Rangers folklore by scoring in the 1972 European Cup Winners Cup Final win over Dynamo Moscow in Barcelona’s Nou Camp.
The ‘Barca Bear’ is delighted to see Morelos hit the ground running and thinks it will have helped Morelos win over the Rangers fans after arriving in Scotland as an unknown quantity.
“It is great for a striker to come into a club and score goals straight away,” Stein said, as quoted by the Evening Times website.
“It gets the crowd on your side from the off, it gives you lots of confidence and it is very rewarding for you to come into a team and score goals.
“Your new team-mates find out about you as well.
“If a striker has got confidence, he isn’t afraid to try things, he gets his shots away quicker, he takes less touches.
“When you don’t have that belief in your game, you take extra touches and that gives a defender a chance to clear his lines.”
Morelos will almost certainly lead the line for Pedro Caixnha’s side on Friday night when they travel to Perth to face St. Johnstone in the Scottish Premiership.
The two sides are level on points – Rangers lead the Saints on goal difference – and the Gers will be desperate for three points as they attempt to close the gap on leaders Celtic and Aberdeen.
Morelos hasn’t hit the net in his last three outings for the Gers but will hope to find the net on Friday night with a League Cup semi-final against Motherwell coming up later this month.
In other Rangers news, Caixinha was blown away by four Rangers youngsters in the closed-doors friendly with Morton.