Rangers manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst believes Alfredo Morelos could be available for the second leg of their Champions League qualifier against Union Saint-Gilloise next week.
The Colombian international has not played since picking up a serious thigh injury back in March but van Bronckhorst is optimistic that the striker will be able to play some part of the game at Ibrox on Tuesday:
“Yeah [he could feature], I think that’s realistic. He’s been training with us for quite some time and is getting better and sharper every day. We also had him in the UEFA list for this round so hopefully, he will continue and will be there next week.”
Morelos’s understudy Antonio Colak was heavily criticised for his poor performance in the first leg last night, which Union Saint-Gilloise won comfortably 2-0.
Although the Croatian was certainly not the only poor performer, he failed to hold up the ball or lead the line effectively. Having Morelos back available should greatly increase Rangers’ chances of turning around the two-goal deficit.
There is a concern that they may risk the 26-year-old’s fitness if he is asked to start but, with Kemar Roofe also sidelined, the Bears need to have a greater threat in attack if they are to get back into the tie.