Scottish Premiership defending champions Rangers have slipped to the second position in the league table after their defeat against Celtic. Rangers are now one point behind Celtic and have to cover this deficit to win back-to-back league titles. A lot of Rangers players have impressed this season, but one of the players who has flourished under the new management is Alfredo Morelos. The striker is ever-present in the Rangers’ attack and has scored 11 goals this season. He is the joint-top goal-scorer in the league and has impressed with his performances.
When looking at the above chart, the general rule is that the longer the bar, the better the performance — you can see the league average in the middle, and the % is the percentile rank the player is in. The above stats are in comparison to the other strikers in the Scottish Premiership. Morelos has the highest xG per 90 rates and averages 0.56 goals per 90. When looking at the attacking and creative sides, we can observe that Morelos has attempted the highest number of shots in the league. His percentile rank is high, and he has attempted a total of 93 shots, 33 of them being on target.
When looking at the passing and progression chart we can observe that Morelos has a high ‘passes per 90’ rate along with a high ‘pass accuracy’ rate. The Colombian has also provided six assists and has a high percentile rank. Morelos averages around 0.77 key passes per 90 and has a high percentile rank. Defensively, the player has a high aerial duels win percentage. Other than this, he has a better rank than the average in the defensive actions success rate.
Alfredo Morelos missed three league games for Rangers recently due to international duty. The first game ended in a 1-0 win against Livingston. The second game was a six-goal thriller against Ross County that ended in a draw, and the third game was a 0-3 loss against Celtic. Since his return to the team, Rangers have scored seven goals in two games. The above shot map shows all the 15 shots attempted by the striker in the last two games. Morelos attempted eight shots against Hearts with a 75% shot accuracy rate. Against Hibernian, he attempted seven shots, and two of them were on target. Ten out of the 15 shots were attempted from inside the opposition’s penalty box.
Alfredo Morelos has scored seven goals in ten games and provided three assists under the new manager. He has impressed on his return from the international break. The player has created a lot of threats for the defending champions and is their main player going forward. The manager will expect that his team performs well and supports the goal-scorer in the attack. Morelos will also look to score more goals, which will put pressure on Celtic and help Rangers go to the top of the table.