Sport Rangers' sparkling duo that Alfredo Morelos and Ianis Hagi must follow to deliver Steven Gerrard trophy glory
5 talking points as Alfredo Morelos bags Rangers double to continue brilliant Europa League scoring run
The Colombian emerged from the bench and was a key man in the 5-0 win over Lincoln Red Imps in Gibraltar. Steven Gerrard 's side were barely troubled and eased through thanks to goals from James Tavernier, Connor Goldson, Jermain Defoe and an impressive double from sub Alfredo Morelos.
Unbeaten since the start of the season, it's fair to sayhave been looking good since the restart.
It's all a far cry from the deflated, defeated side that capitulated in the league after the winter break last term.
's men look like a team that have been subject to significant thought and tinkering since the chastening spell that followed their visit to a training camp in Dubai.
While the defence has been solid and only three goals have been lost in 11 games, they have been much improved on the attacking front, finding the net 31 times to date.
Steven Gerrard makes Alfredo Morelos 'body on the line' claim as Rangers boss provides Kemar Roofe injury update
The Ibrox boss was full of praise for Morelos after his double in Gibraltar.And the Ibrox manager insists it's the Colombian's way that he'll put his body on the line for the club to keep scoring goals.
With quality spread across attacking areas and various new boys beginning to settle they look a much more balanced outfit than the one so reliant onto provide a moment of magic in games.
But that's not to say everyone has hit boiling point just yet. And while they say statistics never lie, there are a couple contributing decent numbers so far who can add even even more to the team yet.
Here are twostars who are at the top of their game and two who the manager will hope can contribute even more as the season progresses.
Rangers' best player so far this season and a man showing in almost every game why a club the size of Leeds United are interested in securing his services. While the winger was on the end of criticism for his numbers last season, he's certainly stepped up to the plate and shown a significant improvement this term. Last year's output of eight goals and four assists in 34 games already looks like it will be in danger by the end of the month with the Oldham born star already on five goals and five assists in ten games. And while talk of England recognition was wisely shut down by Gerrard before Saturday's game, he will certainly be a Player of the Year candidate if he keeps standards up.
Steven Gerrard salutes Alfredo Morelos as Rangers boss explains 'fantastic' striker's quick-fire return
Morelos was back among the goals on Thursday night against Lincoln Red ImpsThe Colombian international was stretchered off with a gaping hole in his knee after a challenge from Dundee United’s Ryan Edwards last Saturday.
While there has been a feeling amongst some of the Rangers support the Romanian has had an indifferent start to the season, his numbers are solid. In 11 appearances he may have only scored once but he's assisted five times. The sense that the attacker could do more stems from an understanding of the 21-year-old's many talents. A very good striker of the ball, he has everything in his locker to score more goals, both from open play and from free-kicks (although James Tavernier and Borna Barisic might have something to say about that). Steven Gerrard's men have been crying out for a player who can settle games with accurate shooting from outside the box and once Hagi settles into the season he should be an important asset. While he cost a pretty penny by Scottish standards, at 21-years-old there is plenty to come from the star given time and patience.
Hibernian 2-2 Rangers: Scottish Premiership leaders Rangers take draw
Rangers conceded for the first time in their eighth match of the Scottish Premiership season before Christian Doidge headed a late leveller after goals from Alfredo Morelos and Scott Arfield but they were denied victory by a Christian Doidge header.Gerrard's men go back to the top of the table by a point but, having played a game more than Celtic, will worry they have handed the title initiative to Neil Lennon's champions.Hibs have now gone nine games without a win against Rangers but do hold on to third spot.
While the Ibrox captain was always a threat last season and produced some good statistics there was evidence of a slight year-on-year decline from a peerless 2018/19 season. If that was the case, the slide has been halted in spectacular fashion as the Yorkshireman looks back to his very best. With six goals and four assists in eleven games his numbers would be sensational for a winger or striker, never mind a full-back. Now 28 and very much at his physical peak, the right-back benefits immensely from the cover provided by the likes of Ryan Jack or Steven Davis who's diligence in tracking back allows him to rampage forward. He missed three penalties from five attempts in a poor spell last season but has now been reinstated to spot-kick duties and has obliged with a 100 per cent scoring record so far.
While on the face of it, Morelos' five goals and three assists look a terrific return for nine appearances, anyone who has kept a keen eye on the striker's development will know he has yet to hit anything like top form. Closer inspection of the numbers shows that he has only scored in 3 appearances with two braces hit against St Mirren and Lincoln Red Imps. Morelos has looked much happier since his return from exile after Gerrard admitted his head was "turned" by interest from Ligue 1 side Lille. If the striker can find the form that tormented sides in last season's Europa League then there will be more than the French club looking to persuade Ibrox power brokers to do a deal in windows to come.
Ianis Hagi and Rangers wow Turkish media but Steven Gerrard's side suffer shock 'extremely mediocre' verdict .
Steven Gerrard's side impressed but his former team-mate came in for harsh criticism.Gala came to Ibrox on Thursday night for a one-off game to try and reach the group stage, but went down 2-1.