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Kilmarnock stalemate highlights importance of Alfredo Morelos to Rangers

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Kilmarnock stalemate highlights importance of Alfredo Morelos to Rangers

Steven Gerrard felt the absence of his leading goalscorer on Saturday.

Rangers drew 0-0 with Kilmarnock in the Scottish Cup at the weekend and must now add a replay into their schedule.

Influential talisman Alfredo Morelos was missing for the trip to Rugby Park following his red card in midweek.

The 22-year-old was shown his marching orders for a scuffle with Scott McKenna during the win over Aberdeen.

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Ill-discipline has been a problem for the 23-goal striker this season.

The Colombian has been sent off four times, although one of his red cards was rescinded on appeal.

Rangers controlled the game against Steve Clarke’s side but it was evident that they missed Morelos.

Jermain Defoe was given a chance to impress from the off and fluffed his lines.

With 10 minutes remaining the former England man was played in, yet dragged his effort wide of the target when it seemed easier to score.

Captain James Tavernier saw a penalty saved, whilst Joe Worrall won’t want to see his close-range miss any time soon.

 

It could have been worse for Gerrard’s side as Youssouf Mulumbu saw an attempt cleared off the line.

It was abundantly clear that Rangers’ goal threat weakens when Morelos is not in the side.

Keeping his striker on the straight and narrow could arguably prove Gerrard’s biggest task in management.

The old adage states that you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone and that is clear when it comes to Rangers.

Morelos is desperately important to the team and their title chances will extinguish if they don’t get him on the pitch more often than not.

He was sorely missed at the weekend, although it didn’t cost Rangers anything other than another fixture.

Next time it might prove more costly for the title hopefuls.

 

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