Alfredo Morelos would not be big loss to Rangers if he’s sold – pundit

Rangers could yet start the 2022-23 season without last season’s top scorer Alfredo Morelos but Peter Grant wouldn’t see him as a loss.

The Colombian is attracting the interest of a number of teams with Sevilla taking the keenest look at the Light Blues talisman who is open to a transfer to Spain [El Chiringuito TV].

But despite his fantastic goal-scoring ability since he arrived at Rangers, Grant is adamant that he has otherwise been a liability for the club in the biggest games.

“He was excellent against Dortmund but I thought he was a liability prior to that in league matches and cup competitions back here, the bread and butter stuff,” Grant said on the Go Radio Football Show.

“I never thought he was fit enough, there was always issues with him coming back from international duty with injuries and whatever.

“I don’t think it will be as big a loss as people think for Rangers. I watch his goals, and if someone else comes in there, and they get that quality, they’ll get more of a team player.

“Let’s remember how many trophies he’s not won in the period of time that he’s been here. He’s won one competition he’s been involved in, so you need your strikers in there all the time scoring goals, especially if they’re at Celtic or Rangers, and I don’t think he’s capable of that.”

Ridiculous

How can anybody say that a team’s top scorer from the previous season isn’t going to be a big miss if he leaves to join a new club?

Giovanni van Bronckhorst would have loved to have been able to call upon Morelos in that Europa League final when the game was balanced so finely on a knife-edge that one goal would have swung the pendulum in our favour.

We were never going to win that game with Joe Aribo as the makeshift striker despite his goal because he could not hold the ball up like a proper striker can.

Kemar Roofe wasn’t fit either to take on the role which didn’t help which forced van Bronckhorst’s hand but he’d have much rather played the Colombian if he could.

We will find it very difficult to bring in a striker as good as Morelos this summer and for a price that we can afford which will make next season very tricky if he does leave for Seville.

What can Rangers fans expect from rumoured incoming striker Colak?

What can Rangers fans expect from Antonio Colak with the PAOK centre-forward reportedly closing in on a move to Ibrox this summer?

Rangers have agreed a fee of £1.8m with PAOK for the Croatian striker [Sky Sports], and despite there still being a lot of work still be done to complete the deal, a transfer looks close.

However, what can the Ibrox faithful expect to see if Colak is lining in up in the blue of Rangers next season?

  1. Aerial ability and linkup play

Standing at a tall six-foot-one, the HNK Rijeka striker possesses strong aerial ability, both in the box getting onto headers and with hold-up play.

He is adept at winning flick-ons ahead of his defender and bringing others into play.

His link-up play is also a strength, with the former Nuremberg striker being neat in possession and able to lay off the ball into midfielders and wingers and launch attacking sequences.

With Morelos only five-foot-eight, Colak provides an alternate type of frontman, being more of a target man striker and being less likely to run in behind defences than the Columbian.

2. Experience

In Colak, Rangers have a striker that has for want of a better word, been around the block.

He has plied his trade in Croatia, Germany, Poland, Sweden and Greece, and with over 300 career games under his belt, he brings a wealth of experience to this Rangers team.

Add this to the fact that this Rangers team has experienced veterans like Allan McGregor, Steven Davis and Scott Arfield, adding a player with this sort of journeyman background can only be a positive for the squad.

3. Perennial goalscorer

In addition to the wealth of experience Colak brings, he also brings an impressive goalscoring record with him.

With 144 career goals so far, Colak clearly knows where the back of the net is.

His goals tend to almost come in the box, with the Croatian being an expert and getting onto the end of crosses and having strong attacking positioning to get onto through balls and tap in rebounds.

The journeyman striker does not have a specialized type of finish, with his strikers varying from finesse and driven shots, side-foot finishes, chips, and of course powerful and precise headers.

He is also an ice-cool penalty taker, with an exquisite record from the penalty spot.

If chances are created for him, Colak is more than capable of doing the rest and doing it consistently.

Rangers legend Barry Ferguson gives opinion on incoming Colak

Former Rangers midfielder Barry Ferguson has given his opinion on rumoured incoming Alfredo Morelos replacement Antonio Colak.

The former Gers midfielder, believes “only time will tell” whether the incoming 28-year-old striker will be a hit at Ibrox.

According to Sky Sports on 29 June, Rangers agreed a fee with PAOK for Colak while the Scottish Daily Mail claims (30 June, back page and page 75) that the Croatia international has agreed personal terms.

Ferguson said on the Daily Record website on 1 July: “As always with all new signings, the proof will be in the pudding where Antonio Colak and Rangers are concerned.

“It is always better to reserve judgement until he’s here in the flesh.

“I learned over the years that not everyone is built to cope with the demands of wearing a Rangers shirt so, as talented as he looks, we won’t know for sure if he can handle the pressure until he’s pitched into the thick of it.”

Morelos Out, Colak In?

With the transfer rumours around star stiker Alfredo Morelos refusing to go away, it is no surprise that Rangers are looking at replacements.

The 26-year-old Columbian striker has scored 113 goals in his five years at Ibrox, with an impressive strike rate of a goal every 1.9 games.

Morelos has averaged an outstanding 22.5 goals per season, and has been key to the Rangers renaissance.

Consistent goalscorers like that are hard to find, and even harder to keep so manager, Giovanni van Bronckhorst, will help if he does lose his talisman, Colak can fill his boots and replace his reliable supply of goals.

His rumoured replacement, Colak, has an even better strike rate than Morelos with a goal every 1.7 games during his time at HNK Rijeka, however, the Croatian is coming off the back of a difficult season where he only netted eight goals in 36 games across all competitions for two different teams.