Alfredo Morelos Autographs | Rangers Signed Memorabilia
Authentic Alfredo Morelos Autographs | Rangers Signed Memorabilia. Obtained at private signing sessions.
Alfredo José Morelos Aviléz (born 21 June 1996) is a Colombian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Rangers in the Scottish Premiership, and for the Colombia national team.
Morelos began his senior career with Deportivo Independiente Medellín in his homeland; before moving to Finland to play for Helsinki side HJK, initially on loan then permanently. In June 2017, he moved to Scotland to join Rangers, for a reported fee of £1m. Morelos currently holds the club record for most goals scored in European competitions with 23 goals.
Morelos signed a three-year deal with Rangers on 19 June 2017 for an undisclosed fee, which was widely reported to be £1 million.
He made his debut for Rangers in a 1–0 home win against Progrès Niederkorn; in the Europa League first qualifying round first leg ten days later; coming on in the 77th minute in place of Martyn Waghorn. On 9 August, Morelos scored his first two Rangers goals in a 6–0 win over Dunfermline Athletic; also at Ibrox in the second round of the Scottish League Cup. Three days later he scored his first goal in the Scottish Premiership; heading the team into an early lead in a 3–2 home loss to Hibernian. He quickly became a favourite with Rangers supporters, who nicknamed him El Bufalo.
He finished the season with 18 goals, tied (with Josh Windass) as the club’s top scorer for the season; 14 of those strikes were in the league, the second-highest total behind Kris Boyd of Kilmarnock.
Rangers started the season playing in the UEFA Europa League qualifying rounds, and goals against NK Osijek and NK Maribor from Morelos helped Rangers progress to the group stages of the tournament. However, a sign of future disciplinary issues arose when he was sent off against Aberdeen at Pittodrie Stadium; in the opening league fixture for a kick out at an opponent, although the red card was rescinded on appeal. He continued to score goals early in the season; scoring in 2–0 win over St Mirren in the league, and netting a hat trick in a 3–1 win over Kilmarnock in the League Cup.
In September 2018 he signed a new contract with Rangers, until 2022. After several games without a goal, he resumed his goalscoring form on 26 September 2018; when he netted Rangers second goal in a 5–1 win over St Johnstone. Morelos then went on to score 10 goals in the next 13 games; including a brace in a 3–1 win over Rapid Vienna in the Europa League.
On 6 February 2019, Morelos scored twice in a 4–2 victory away at Aberdeen but also received his fourth red card of the season and his third against the same rival opposition (one was later rescinded). Manager Steven Gerrard stated that he was trying to help the player, and the club appealed the latest red card from the Aberdeen game. The appeal was unsuccessful, but Alfrdo Morelos autographs was able to play in a Scottish Cup tie while serving a three-match League ban, and scored four goals in that match, a 5–0 win over Kilmarnock, to take his tally for the 2018–19 campaign to 27 in 39 appearances.
In March 2019 he signed a new contract with Rangers, his second of the 2018–19 season, until 2023. Later that month, Morelos received a straight red card for an incident with Scott Brown in an eventual 1–2 loss for Rangers in the Old Firm derby; it was his fifth sending off of the season. Following the incident, manager Steven Gerrard said he could no longer defend the player. Despite then serving a four-match suspension, Morelos finished as the top goalscorer in the 2018–19 Scottish Premiership with 18 league goals.
Morelos started the 2019–20 season by scoring a goal against St Joseph’s F.C. in the first leg of their Europa League First Qualifying round tie in Gibraltar. He followed this up in the return leg at Ibrox, by scoring his third hat-trick for Rangers. He then scored a goal and made two assists against FC Midtjylland in the Europa League Third Qualifying round. Three days later he came on as a substitute on the 76th minute during Rangers’ first home league game of the season against Hibernian and scored a brace in a 6–1 victory, taking his tally to 7 goals in 7 games for the season.
In October 2019, Morelos was allegedly racially abused by Hearts fans after he scored during a match between the two sides. At the end of November, he scored twice in a 2–2 draw away at Feyenoord in the Europa League. In scoring these goals, Morelos became the first Rangers player to score in four consecutive matches in European competition. After the game, manager Gerrard praised Morelos and highlighted his improved disciplinary record over the season to date.
Over the course of a week in December, Morelos failed to score from several chances (including a penalty) as Rangers lost the 2019 Scottish League Cup Final 1–0 to Celtic, struck his side’s goal in a 1–1 draw with BSC Young Boys which ensured qualification for the 2019–20 UEFA Europa League knockout phase, and netted the winner in a league match away to Motherwell, but was then sent off for a second booking after making gestures to the home supporters during his celebrations. Morelos, however, found himself again the centre of controversy at the end of Rangers’ 2-1 league win over Celtic at Parkhead on 29 December. Sent off for diving, and made some gestures with his hand; across his throat as he left the field. Rangers later claimed he had been subjected to racist abuse from Celtic supporters at the game.
By the time of the mid-season break at the end of December, Morelos had scored 28 goals in 35 games. He also set a UEFA individual record for most goals in a European campaign before Christmas, with 14.
Despite much speculation that Morelos would leave the club; in the off-season, Morelos autographs remained with Rangers signed memorabilia for the 2020–21 season. He started the season in goal scoring form, netting five in his first seven games including braces against St Mirren in the Scottish Premiership and Lincoln Red Imps during Europa League qualifying. After netting his fifth goal of the season against Hibernian on 20 September 2020, domestically Morelos would not find the net again until 30 December when he scored against St Mirren. Morelos continued his rich vein of form in the group stage of the Europa League by scoring against both Polish side Lech Poznań on 29 October 2020, and Portuguese giants Benfica on 5 November. By scoring the latter goal at the Estádio da Luz, Morelos surpassed Ally McCoist as Rangers top goalscorer in European competitions, holding the club record with 22 goals.
He scored his first goals of 2021; netting a brace, on 10 January during a 2–1 league win away to Aberdeen. On 27 January 2021, Morelos played and scored the only goal in a 1–0 Premiership win; over Hibernian at Easter Road. His performance proved controversial due to an off the ball incident; where he appeared to stamp on Hibernian player Ryan Porteous, Morelos was subsequently given a three match ban. Morelos followed this up four days later; with a goal in the Europa League Round of 32 match against Royal Antwerp.
On 21 March, Morelos scored his first goal in the Old Firm derby; during a 1–1 draw away at Celtic Park; later reports emerged that he was the subject of racial abuse over social media perpetrated by alleged opposition fans. With three goals in three appearances, Morelos ended March 2021 by being named Scottish Premiership Player of the Month
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