Owen Hargreaves delivers verdict on Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos, after brace against Sparta Prague
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Owen Hargreaves delivers verdict on Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos, after brace against Sparta Prague

Owen Hargreaves has told BT Sport’s highlights show that he understands why Rangers star Alfredo Morelos has looked “moody” in recent weeks.

Morelos, 25, has been in questionable form of late – with some Rangers fans even questioning his work rate. The Colombian has dropped deep at times.

But on Thursday night, Giovanni van Bronckhorst ordered Morelos to stay on the last man and rely on the service from his attacking midfielders.

He did just that, scoring a brace as the Gers secured a place in the Europa League knockout stages after Christmas – winning 2-0.

It was his first Europa League group stage goals of the season – having drawn a blank in the previous four. Hargreaves gave his verdict.

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“He wanted Morelos in the box, he didn’t want him dropping deep and we saw that. You always want to put in a performance for a new manager.

“He scores goals. He might be moody at times, but goalscorers are going to be like that if they don’t get the service. Rangers put in a good display.”

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Without a doubt. Under Gerrard, Rangers played very much like Liverpool – a centre-forward dropping deeper and allowing players to go beyond.

But it did not suit Morelos. What suits Morelos, is the way Rangers played on Thursday night – with the striker playing as a proper number nine.

As a last-man striker, Morelos relied on the attacking midfielders behind him. With Joe Aribo, Ryan Kent and Ianis Hagi behind him – he will shine.

The 4-2-3-1 system under van Bronckhorst suits Morelos. Yes, it is slightly less defensive, but it will get the best out of Morelos.

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