John Hartson claims that Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos doesn’t need to prove himself as a goalscorer despite his poor record against Celtic.
The Colombian centre-forward has failed to score in any of his 10 appearances against Old Firm rivals Celtic and that’s a dark cloud hanging over him.
But he’s got an eye-catching record of 70 goals in 117 appearances at Ibrox and has made quite the impact in Scottish football.
The striker has 22 goals in 26 games across all competitions so far this campaign and has been in stunning form for Steven Gerrard’s outfit, while teammate Jermain Defoe provides great cover in attack.
Pundit Hartson recognises that Morelos is an elite goalscorer and states he will be desperate to break his Old Firm duck next time around.
“Morelos is consistently banging them in for fun and you can’t deny him,” Hartson wrote in the Daily Record.
“I don’t know if he has more to prove. He got 30 goals last season, a good return, so there’s no doubt the boy can score goals.
“The fact he hasn’t scored against Celtic means more of an opportunity to stay hungry and want to face them. Kris Boyd had a similar record but only got one against Celtic. Whether you like Morelos or loathe him, he’s back in amongst the goals again.”
Morelos critics will point towards his ill-discipline and lack of goals in big games, but he’s started to prove both of those things wrong this season.
The South American has certainly cleaned up his act this campaign in terms of his behaviour and has found the right balance of channelling his aggression without overstepping the mark.
He may the frustrating goal drought against Celtic to his name, but the way he’s performed in Europe proves he’s an elite player.
Morelos has scored 11 goals during the 12 European fixtures Rangers have had so far this season and doesn’t look like slowing down anytime soon.