Alfredo Morelos misses crucial Colombia clash; Celtic could benefit massively at Ibrox

By Hamish Carton

March 25, 2022

Rangers forward Alfredo Morelos missed Colombia’s crucial World Cup qualifier last night, as Celtic’s visit to Ibrox looms large.

Ange Postecoglou takes his table-topping Hoops to Govan in just nine days – and Morelos is likely to be a key player for the Ibrox side.

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But the forward may have a fight to get ready for the vital Premiership clash after he missed his country’s 3-0 win over Bolivia last night.

The victory in Barranquilla kept Colombia in with a chance of qualification for Qatar – and they now face Venezuela in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

We will find out more about Morelos’ fitness at that stage. For now what we know, courtesy of journalist Pipe Sierra is that the striker has a “muscular overload.”

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Celtic are likely to benefit if Morelos is missing derby

Morelos’ dire scoring record against Celtic has been ridiculed by Hoops fans for years. And it’s been a right good laugh.

But Rangers are clearly a more dangerous team when the forward is playing, so this must be seen as good news.

The Ibrox side were toothless in our February derby win, as they were completely blown away by a rampant Celtic.

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The fact they had no Morelos to rely on up front made the Hoops siege even more difficult to contain.

Similar could happen at Ibrox if the South American is not fully fit.

But even if he is, it isn’t likely to concern Ange Postecoglou too much. The focus is all on what we do.

In other news, Ange Postecoglou has been speaking about some new motivation for Matt O’Riley