McCoist insists Morelos can score 30 goals for Rangers this season
‘He’s got the talent’: Ally McCoist insists Alfredo Morelos can score 30 goals for Rangers this season
- Rangers legend Ally McCoist believes Alfredo Morelos can score 30 goals
- Morelos has already mustered 13 goals for Rangers so far this campaign
- McCoist is concerned, however, regarding Morelos’ disciplinary issues
To Ally McCoist, it is a simple equation. If you are the main man up front for Rangers – or Celtic, for that matter – striving for a tally approaching 30 goals in a season should always be an ambition.
It is a barrier he breached four times en route to amassing a record haul of 355 goals for the Ibrox outfit. No-one knows better than McCoist what it takes. Not even Kris Boyd, whose forthcoming testimonial match the 56-year-old helped promote at Rugby Park on Monday.
Boyd’s 31 goals in season 2008/09 remains the last time a Rangers player reached that landmark. He did not dip below 25 throughout his first spell at Ibrox.
Ally McCoist believes that Alfredo Morelos can score 30 goals for Rangers this season
A decade on, McCoist now believes a new name could join them in this elite bracket of prolific frontmen. With one small caveat.
Alfredo Morelos will have to make sure he is actually on the pitch to polish off the necessary chances.
McCoist places no question marks against the Colombian’s abilities.
A thumping, stoppage-time finish in Saturday’s 2-0 win over St Mirren raised his total to 14 in early November. He is on target to reach a substantial figure.
The concern McCoist harbours is of suspensions intervening. Two red cards – albeit one rescinded – and nine yellows have already led to Morelos sitting out the Betfred Cup semi-final defeat to Aberdeen and the 2-2 draw with Villarreal in the Europa League.
Saturday was actually the first time in four games that he did not end up in the referee’s book. If Morelos can continue to curb those costly cautions, then McCoist sees the opportunity to far exceed the 18 goals of his debut campaign with Rangers last term.
Morelos has mustered eight goals in his last nine appearances for Rangers
McCoist is concerned that the striker’s disciplinary issues could prove to be costly
‘The Old Firm should have a 25-to-30-goal striker,’ argued McCoist. ‘And Morelos has got the talent to be a 25-to-30-goal a season striker, no doubt about it. But he obviously has to keep himself fit and stay on the pitch.
‘I think he’s got goals in him, I really do. I just think the discipline issue is something he needs to work on, because it was glaringly obvious that he was a massive loss in the semi-final.
‘We’ll never know, but Rangers certainly had enough of the ball that day to think they would have created one or two chances – and he is the best finisher at the club.
‘His goal at the weekend sums him up. I think that is his kind of finish. He lets the ball go through him and always does the right thing by going across to the far side of the goalie.
‘I would like to see him enjoy his goals a bit more. I’d like to see him smile when he scores and be happy about it but he can score.
‘He picks up silly bookings, petulance… if he can just get that out of his game. He is no good to himself or his team if he is not playing.
ALFREDO MORELOS’ RECORD THIS SEASON
Scottish Premiership – Ten games, five goals
Europa League – Two games, two goals
Europa League qualifying – Eight games, two goals
League Cup – Two games, four goals
Total – 22 games, 13 goals
‘If he can keep himself fit and stay away from suspensions, then there is absolutely no doubt he could get 25 or 30 goals this season.’
Morelos’s latest finish sealed a success that calmed some earlier anxiety at Rangers. A run of three winless matches had created the first signs of agitation among supporters since Steven Gerrard took charge.
McCoist never expected his old employers to go straight from last season’s woes to champions this time around.
Even so, he feels there have already been plenty of signs that Gerrard has things moving in the right direction.
‘Do fans need to be patient? They do – but no matter what I say, they won’t!’ grinned McCoist, who was in charge at Ibrox between 2011 and 2014.
‘That’s just how it is. Fans make their opinions heard, particularly in this day and age through social media.
‘But that won’t bother Steven. The important thing is that I can see the club moving forward with improvement on the pitch.
‘He (Gerrard) is not daft, he’ll know he needs a better quality of player to move to the next level.
‘There was always going to be a period when Rangers hit a wall a bit. The defeat against Aberdeen was a blow and then they drew with Killie at Ibrox.
‘The win on Saturday was important and Rangers have clearly improved.
‘Some people probably thought the improvement would go straight to winning the league.
‘I never thought that would happen.
Morelos has made a significant impact since joining Rangers from HJK Helsinki in 2017
If Morelos continues to impress it will be a major boost for Steven Gerrard’s Rangers
‘I just thought, and hoped, there would be an improvement to make them competitive throughout the entire season.
‘That looks as if it will probably still be the case.’ It has certainly been the case in the Europa League.
Unbeaten in 11 games, Gerrard’s side continue their Group G campaign with Thursday night’s visit to face Spartak Moscow. The clubs played out a goalless draw at Ibrox two weeks ago.
‘I’m going over and I’m looking forward to it,’ added McCoist. ‘Without being brilliant, I thought Rangers should have won the last game.
‘Again, in front of goal they struggled a little bit.
‘This will be a test, but Rangers came through one in Villarreal really well. They will need that type of performance to get something in Moscow. They will need to defend well.
‘They scored two really good goals in Villarreal but they also defended fairly well and the goalkeeper made a couple of great saves.
‘That will have to be the case again and make sure they take any chances that come their way.
‘Generally speaking, I think their performances in Europe have been really good.
‘This will be a big test, but no bigger than Villarreal. If they could go to Moscow and not lose it will be another step forward.’
Ally McCoist was speaking at the launch of the Kris Boyd Testimonial Game at Rugby Park on Saturday, November 17. Kick-off 1pm with tickets priced between £5 and £10. Buy online at www.kilmarnockfc.co.uk or call 01563 545310.
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