Lesson for Gerrard: “Superb” Glasgow Rangers beast must not be benched again – opinion

Glasgow Rangers suffered from a lapse of concentration as Steven Gerrard’s side conceded two late goals against Benfica in the Europa League. The ten-man Portuguese giants saved a point and their precious home record, leaving Gerrard to lament that the Gers have “got ourselves to blame.”

But Alfredo Morelos repeated his heroics in Lisbon after scoring against Lech Poznan last week by breaking Ally McCoist’s goal record in European competitions with a simple tap-in in the second half.

Whilst his effort wasn’t enough to win Rangers the game this time, it was his 22nd goal in 38 Europa League games for the Gers. Speaking on BT Sport, as quoted by The Sun, McCoist singled out the 6-cap Colombia international for his “superb” performance.

He said: “James Tavernier picked Alfredo Morelos out at the far post and when he arrived, he had the simplest of goals.

“Some of the goals he’s scored and some of the finishes have been absolutely superb.

“I hope he hangs around and continues his goal-scoring form.

“No one is happier than me that Morelos has scored again tonight. I’m absolutely thrilled.”

Rangers once again showed that they can’t cope without Morelos after they struggled to break down a stubborn Lech Poznan in the Europa League last week before he came off the bench to head in a cross from Borna Barisic.

If anything, it just goes to show that there is an obvious gulf in quality between the Colombian and his closest rivals. Kemar Roofe is simply too inconsistent to start regularly, and we actually feel Gerrard would be better served starting Cedric Itten on the right wing, whilst Jermain Defoe was axed from the Europa League squad altogether which has cast considerable doubts over his future at the club.

The 24-year-old has bagged 7 goals and 5 assists in 16 games in all competitions this season so far, via Transfermarkt. By comparison, Roofe has only scored three times and failed to register a single assist so far, as per Transfermarkt.

Morelos has been in fine form since finding himself back in the first team after being dropped for the home game against Livingston in the Scottish Premiership, having scored twice since then in the past three games.

His performances in recent weeks will have taught Gerrard a painful lesson that he won’t forget, that’s for sure. Given his current form, it’s hard to imagine he will be benched again anytime soon.

AND in other news, Forget Alfredo Morelos: Steven Davis shines in Glasgow Rangers thriller with Benfica….

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