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Alfredo Morelos: Giovanni van Bronckhorst drops Rangers striker over fitness and attitude issues | Football News

Alfredo Morelos was ruled out of the Rangers squad for Wednesday’s Champions League play-off second leg against PSV Eindhoven.

Rangers boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst made the decision based on a range of concerns, including the striker’s fitness level and attitude during the early stages of this season.

sky sports news I understand that Van Bronckhorst consulted various senior players within the team.

Morelos was sent off 13 minutes after coming off as a substitute at Easter Road on Saturday, but that incident wasn’t the only reason behind the move.

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Alfredo Morelos was made red at Hibs just 13 minutes after his appearance on Easter Road.

It is understood that the 26-year-old still has a future at Ibrox if he can prove his commitment to the club.

After Morelos was off the sidelines for so long, the Rangers bolstered their forward area this summer with the addition of Tom Lawrence, Malik Tillman, Ravi Matondo and Antonio Korac.

Korac has started all seven games in all competitions this season and has scored four goals in his last five appearances.

The Colombian striker responded to the news by posting an image on Instagram with the caption, “The best warriors are not those who always come out victorious, but those who fearlessly return to battle.”

Rangers drew the first leg against the Eredivisie 2-2 at Ibrox.

Boyd: No player is greater than the club

speaking on sky sports newsformer Rangers striker, sky sports Expert Chris Boyd says:

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Chris Boyd believes the Rangers demoted Alfredo Morelos over concerns about his fitness and attitude.

“Rangers have decided to act and I think they are demonstrating the leadership of Giovanni van Bronckhorst.

“There is no greater player than Rangers Football Club and Giovanni acted because he was nowhere near the level of fitness Alfredo had when he first took charge.

“If I was a player and I was kicked out as a bad player in the locker room, it would really hurt.

“He’s been injured for a long time, but he’s been back for a while and there’s no reason he’s in the state he is in now.

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Morelos has scored over 100 goals for Rangers since joining in 2017.

“He needs to give in and get in shape, and I’m sure he can force his way back into Giovanni’s thinking.

“This shouldn’t be the case for you to restart your career. It’s becoming a problem and I think the Rangers deserve a lot of credit for addressing it.”

“Waiting to be fit for a game is a thing of the past. Antonio Corac has come on and showed he is a Rangers mainstay at the moment. Alfredo Morelos has the Tour down and ready for the fight. Isn’t it?

“You always have to have a good locker room. If you have a player who is in the way, you don’t want to be in it. The players have spoken, they have decided that it is enough and the manager has a say.”

Van Nistelrooy: Giovanni doing his best for Rangers

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Ruud van Nistelrooy believes former Dutch teammate Giovanni van Bronckhorst dropped Alfredo Morelos because he thinks it was the right thing for Rangers to do

Speaking ahead of the Champions League play-off second leg, PSV Eindhoven boss Ruud van Nistelrooy said:

“We know what kind of player Alfredo can be and what he’s done for Rangers.

“He’s a very good striker, so in that sense we’re obviously focused on ourselves, but I appreciate him as a player, obviously.

“Obviously I don’t know why or how things turned out, but I do know about Gio. He wants to go somewhere with the team and club he’s a part of and is in the club’s best interest. I know you make decisions for

“Morelos didn’t start [last week]Also in our pre-match match we saw Morelos out and not starting. In that sense, I don’t think it has the greatest impact.

“Our number one striker is (Antonio) Corac and we’re counting on him for tomorrow night’s game.

“I don’t know about the decision-making regarding the Morelos incident, but I do know that Giovanni makes decisions in the best interest of the club and the team. It’s the way it is.”

Dropping Morelos Shows True Leadership

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Giovanni van Bronckhorst was endorsed by Rangers’ senior players for calling for Morelos to resign.

Sahil Jaidka from Sky Sports:

There is no doubt that Giovanni van Bronckhorst wanted to avoid being in this position the night before the Rangers’ big game.

But dropping a player who scored 114 goals and provided 51 assists during his time at the club shows true leadership.

a concern was raised sky sports Before the draw at Hibernian, expert Chris Boyd commented on the Colombian’s attitude and fitness level, and it’s clear these issues have cost Morelos his place within the squad.

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Alfredo Morelos’ current Rangers contract ends in summer

Red card at Easter Road was stigmatized as ‘stupid’ by James Tavernier who, along with other senior players and captain, backed Van Bronckhorst’s call – needed inside the locker room It is clear that there is a bond that transcends standards.

Speculation abounds about Morelos all the time during the transfer window, but if he can prove he puts the team first, it’s clear he still has a future at Ibrox.

Antonio Korac has shown he knows his way to goal, as have Tom Lawrence and Malik Tillman, who arrived in the summer. Rangers has depth, no doubt about it. Morelos could play an important role.

For now, the manager has the ball firmly in Morelos’ court and the message is clear. Only time will tell if the fitness and attitude issues will be addressed by the players.

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