Giovanni van Bronckhorst officially starts his job as Rangers manager today and will have his first chance to assess his squad ahead of his first match in charge against Sparta Prague on Thursday.
The Dutch head coach takes over from Steven Gerrard and will be looking to carry on the Liverpool legend’s great work by sealing the Scottish Premiership title this season.
He will need to get the best out of the players he has available, with the transfer window not open until January, and a player who could be his main man is Alfredo Morelos.
Rangers secured a dream deal when they snapped the Colombian forward up from HJK Helsinki for a reported £1m in the summer of 2017.
They signed a promising young forward for a paltry sum of money and he has gone on to have a major impact at Ibrox in the subsequent years. He has played 203 games for the club to date and scored a whopping 101 goals, whilst also providing 45 assists, which means that he has averaged a goal almost every other game for Rangers over the past four-and-a-bit years.
Former Finland international Aki Riihilahti previously labelled the attacker as ‘brutally ruthless’. He told The Athletic:
“You could see he was a fighter. He was never shocked by anything, he just adapted. It was immediately obvious that he was way more talented and was a unique player in that even if he was having an off game, he was still dangerous. He was brutally ruthless.”
He has scored seven goals and provided two assists in all competitions this season and has the ability to be the main man for van Bronckhorst in the coming months, just as he was for ex Gers boss Steven Gerrard. The former England international once lauded him after his 21st European goal for the club in 2020. He said:
“Alfredo’s a top-class player, a top-class goalscorer, and it’s fantastic that he’s still here.”
At the time of writing (21/11/21), Transfermarkt value him at £10.8m. This is a significant increase on the £1m they initially paid for him and suggests that the club could make a gigantic profit on him if they ever decide to cash in during the next few transfer windows.
Therefore, the Gers secured a dream deal for him in 2017 and will surely be looking back at the signing as one of their best, given what he has achieved for the club since.