Rangers review reporter reveals Alfredo Morelos’ fitness status

Rangers Review journalist Joshua Barrie has suggested Alfredo Morelos could feature in the crucial Champions League qualifier against Royale Union Saint-Gilloise.

The Scottish giants are due to travel to Belgium for the first leg on August 2 and then host the Jupiler League side at Ibrox on August 9.

Morelos missed the end of the season after sustaining a thigh injury while on international duty with Colombia in what came as a blow.

However, there could be hope for the Gers, with Barrie suggesting on YouTube channel Rangers Review (July 26) that they could be fit for at least the second leg.

Barrie said: “About three or four weeks ago I was told the hope was to get him in those European games – whether it was home or away I don’t know, but I certainly think Livingston might come just a little too soon.”

Balance

It’s a fine balancing act for Rangers, with the Colombian’s impact clearly missed at times towards the end of the 2021/22 season.

Qualifying for the Champions League is a must for the club due to the financial implications and prestige of playing in Europe’s most prestigious competition.

It is essential that the Gers do not rush their main man in order to get him back in shape for the match.

Morelos hasn’t played regularly in recent months and will be short on fitness.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst must assess whether he will be able to be operational for Rangers, should he feature against the Belgian side at the start of next month.

If the Colombian is fit and can make an impact, he should just play but if there is any doubt about his hamstring injury, he shouldn’t be risked.

Having Morelos fit for the full 2022/23 season could be key in Rangers’ bid to overhaul Celtic in the Scottish Premiership.

The Gers boss certainly has a difficult decision to make.

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