Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos is a doubt for the Old Firm Derby against Celtic after he picked up a thigh injury while on international duty with Columbia. He was not available for their 3-0 win over Bolivia in the World Cup qualifying. Morelos has scored 12 goals in 26 games for the club this season and has returned to help his recovery. He now faces a race against time to be fit for next weekend.
“The coaching and medical staff of the Colombia Men’s Senior National Team report that, after performing medical examinations on player Alfredo Morelos, a muscle injury to his left thigh was confirmed, which prevented him from participating in the previous commitment against Bolivia and in the same way, does not allow him to participate in the next match of the Qualifiers for the FIFA Qatar 2022 World Cup,” a statement from the Colombia Football Association read about Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos. “For this reason, the striker is called off to begin his recovery work. We wish the player a good return to his club.”
“It’s one of the biggest Old Firm games, certainly the biggest for a while. Postecoglou has done a great job at Celtic and they have put themselves in a very good position. There are three games coming up in the next month or so, if you include the Scottish Cup semi-final [between the Old Firm clubs], so Celtic won’t be a dull moment north of the border, particularly in the Glasgow area,” Rangers legend Ally McCoist said. “But from Rangers’ point of view, defeat is unthinkable as I think it would make the gap [to Celtic] far too big. But I don’t see that, I think both teams have a little bit of form. Rangers in Europe have been excellent, domestically the form’s been a little bit up and down.”