Confirmed: Alfredo Morelos out for the season; will miss final 2 Celtic derbies

By David Walton

April 5, 2022

Rangers have been left rattled as they’ve announced Alfredo Morelos will miss the rest of the season.

The Colombian was ruled out of Sunday’s Glasgow derby clash with a thigh injury picked up on international duty. However, he’ll now reportedly miss the rest of the run-in as well as the Scottish Cup semi-final against the Hoops in just under a fortnight.

Rangers have claimed that he won’t now be back until pre-season.

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Rangers had to go with Kemar Roofe against Celtic on Sunday in a game in which the Jamaican was anonymous. And it looks as though they’ll have to go with the same again next weekend.

It comes with Rangers slipping 6 points behind the Hoops in the league with only 6 games remaining.

It remains to be seen how big a psychological blow this is for the Ibrox club ahead of their game against Braga in Europe on Thursday. Celtic, meanwhile, continue to focus on Saturday’s clash against St Johnstone.

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Alfredo Morelos absence a big blow for Rangers and Celtic must make it count

Yes, we would still have been confident of beating Rangers in both the league and the Scottish Cup even if Morelos was available. But you can’t deny how big a blow this is for them.

They’re still reeling from the punishment Celtic delivered on them on Sunday. To now be struck with this kind of news? It really doesn’t help them both domestically or in Europe.

Morelos will have missed 4 of a possible 5 derby matches come the end of the season. Rangers also have Fashion Sakala available to play up top if necessary, but neither he nor Roofe have impressed against the Hoops this season.

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It’s news that will undoubtedly rock their support. But whilst it’s funny to see them infuriated about anything, it already gives them an excuse for future derby defeats. A rather frustrating thought in truth.

Regardless, it weakens them for the next 2 fixtures between us and them. We’ve already made it count twice by totally snuffing Rangers out as an attacking threat in our last 2 derbies. Hopefully, it’s the same again at Hampden.

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