Eight games with­out a goal, but Gers leg­end John says More­los is mak­ing the grade with hard work

Evening Times - - SPORT - By CHRIS JACK

IT IS not for lack of try­ing to prise the flood­gates open, but Al­fredo More­los is in the mid­dle of a goal drought af­ter the rel­a­tive mon­soon sea­son of his first few months at Ibrox.

The striker hit the head­lines with a ter­rific streak of scor­ing form ear­lier this sea­son as he found the net eight times in six matches for Pedro Caix­inha’s side.

A run that started with a brace against Dun­fermline also saw him net against Hibernian, Ross County, Dundee and Partick This­tle.

But More­los hasn’t added to that to­tal since the Pre­mier­ship draw at Firhill in Septem­ber and he is now with­out a goal in his last eight out­ings i n Light Blue.

His ef­forts may not have been re­warded, but his per­for­mance lev­els have still been of a high enough stan­dard to jus­tify his in­clu­sion at the head of the Gers at­tack.

“He is not get­ting the goals just now but he is still work­ing hard,” for­mer Ibrox striker John MacDon­ald told SportTimes.

“You can see he is get­ting a bit frus­trated at times and get­ting a bit up­set when he is not scor­ing but he is still do­ing his bit for the team. I am sure the goals will come back for him.

“When you are in a run like this, you can try to do things too quickly, you are too ea­ger to get into the box rather than tim­ing your runs and you can snatch at chances.

“He is work­ing hard and bring­ing other peo­ple into the game but he wants to be scor­ing goals. Hope­fully he can start an­other run and that will give him a boost.

“His next goal will be the one that gets him go­ing again and hope­fully that comes sooner rather than later.”

It is rare that a Gers for­ward can en­dure a run of sev­eral matches with­out a goal and not at­tract the ire of the Ibrox crowd.

But More­los hasn’t come un­der friendly fire in re­cent weeks as Rangers stum­bled to­wards the end of the Caix­inha era and then picked up back-to-back wins un­der the guid­ance of Graeme Murty.

The for­mer HJK Helsinki star played a key role in the vic­tory over Hearts and MacDon­ald is pleased to see the Light Blue le­gions stand­ing by the sum­mer sign­ing.

He said: “The Rangers fans can get on your back but that hasn’t hap­pened with More­los and that shows they still ap­pre­ci­ate what he is do­ing.

“As long as he is do­ing that and the team is win­ning that is the main thing.

“But hope­fully he gets his goals be­cause he is a good player that has done well.

“Ev­ery­body goes through spells like this. I re­mem­ber it hap­pen­ing to Ally McCoist, and look how many he scored for the club. The fans got on his back and he was our great­est ever striker.

“More­los will get through this, all strik­ers do. They just need that one goal to get them on their way again. I like him as a player and he will get goals for Rangers.

“He is not afraid to have a shot at goal and he doesn’t hide. He wants to be up there, he can hold the ball and he has a good all-round game.

“He is fo­cused on what he is do­ing and hope­fully sooner rather than later it will come good for him again.”

The frus­tra­tion has been clear to see for More­los in re­cent weeks as he has been left with noth­ing to show for his per­sonal ef­forts and he has failed to find the tar­get.

BUT he showed what else he can bring to the side at Mur­ray­field as he set Kenny Miller on his way to mark­ing his re­turn with the first of his two goals against the Jam­bos.

It was Miller who started along­side the 21-year-old dur­ing his pur­ple patch ear­lier in the cam­paign and MacDon­ald hopes the Ibrox vet­eran can bring out the best in his strike part­ner once again.

He said: “Kenny at the start of the sea­son was com­ing short a lot of the time but the two of them have done well to­gether as a part­ner­ship.

“Hope­fully that comes back and Kenny can get him­self a few more goals as well. If you can get the two of them scor­ing, that would be great for the team.

“Some­times it doesn’t mat­ter if you speak the same lan­guage or not.

“You can still de­velop a part­ner­ship, you know where the other is go­ing to be and how they like to play.

“You do things know­ing where your part­ner is, so you

The Rangers fans can get on your back but that hasn’t hap­pened with More­los and that shows they still ap­pre­ci­ate what he is do­ing. I am sure the goals will come back

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