Alfredo Morelos: How Rangers striker hit 100 goals for Ibrox club

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Alfredo Morelos, after 199 games has now joined a select group of Rangers players who have scored 100 goals for Rangers.

Although the Colombia forward is still a ways off the totals of Rangers post-war greats Ralph Brand (206) and Derek Johnstone (210) respectively, he is close to Kenny Miller's haul (116) and Mark Hateley’s (113).

Morelos already surpasses the fan favorites Colin Stein, Jorg Albertz, Nacho Novo and could match Kris Boyd's number 138.

BBC Scotland examines how he became such a famous figure.

Scorer of crucial goals

His two previous goals, Sunday's against St Mirren strike, were match winners for the Ibrox side.

The 25-year old is not a stranger to scoring crucial goals.

Rangers made it to the Europa League group stage thanks to Morelos' last-minute win against Legia Warsaw

He was the sole goalie of the 2019 Europa League play-off match against Legia Warsaw. This secured him a spot in the group stage.

Other Europa League winners include a last season against Lech Poloznan, and the goal that brought Steven Gerrard's team back to the group stage with Alashkert.

Rangers reached the knockout stages of the Europa League by virtue of Morelos' goal against Young Boys in a 1-1 draw two years ago.

Aerial threat

Standing at 5'10", Morelos could have been mistaken by defenders for not considering him an aerial threat when Morelos arrived in Scotland.

However, he quickly realized that a fifth of his goals were with his head.

James Tavernier, Borna barisic, Ryan Kent, and former team-mate Daniel Candeias have been crucial in ensuring that ammunition is available from a wide area.

In fact, Sunday's goal in Paisley was scored by a brilliant header by the Colombian.

Favorite opponents and European record

After scoring 11 goals against Kilmarnock, Morelos might have regretted Kilmarnock's fall from the Premiership. This includes four in a 2019 Scottish Cup tie.

Eight times, Hibs were at the goal line for a Morelos goal.

Although it took him four years to beat Celtic, he now has two goals for the Old Firm.

The European arena is where the Colombian shines, however, exceeding McCoist's record of 21 European goals against Benfica.

Morelos now has 25 goals, which is a quarter of his total for the Ibrox side.

Gerrard was the manager of the side that reached the group stage in the competition four times.

These strikes were instrumental in the capture of Rapid Vienna, Porto, and Royal Antwerp.

International frustrations and an elusive move

Morelos's scoring feats attracted attention from his national team. He has won 11 caps, scoring against Peru his first Colombian goal in 2018.

He has not yet made an impact at Copa America, and Radamel Falcao, the veteran forward has limited his chances.

The striker was linked to a major-money move almost from the first day at Ibrox. However, interest from Qatari and French has so far failed to take Rangers' most valuable asset.

Rangers have only three transfer windows to cash in on Morelos if they want to.

What the pundits said

Sky Sports spoke with Steven Gerrard, Rangers manager.

We are all proud to be his eyes. He needs to keep his eyes open and reach for more goals.

Jonatan Johansson (ex-Rangers coach), who signed Morelos from HJK Helsinki

Alfredo was Finland's biggest star. I could see what he was capable of doing. Because he was the goalscorer, I suppose you get most headlines. Morelos was a different striker than other Finnish players. This is why Morelos caught our attention.

Ally McCoist, Rangers' record scorer on BT Sport

That was the European record I had hoped for. Take a look at his finishes. I wish he stays and keeps up his goal-scoring form, and maybe even wins some medals.

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