Rangers' Alfredo Morelos a major doubt for crucial Old Firm derby

Krishan Davis
Morelos would be a huge miss for Rangers
Morelos would be a huge miss for Rangers / Ian MacNicol/GettyImages

Rangers are sweating on the fitness of striker Alfredo Morelos ahead of the crucial Old Firm derby after the Colombian picked up a muscle injury on international duty.

Morelos missed his country's 3-0 World Cup qualifying victory over Bolivia on Thursday as a result of the thigh problem and has since returned to Glasgow for treatment.

The Gers are due to host arch-rivals Celtic in a lunchtime kick-off on Sunday 3 April at Ibrox, and their top scorer is now facing a race against time to be fit for the crunch clash.

Just three points separate the two sides with 31 games played, and the result will have a huge bearing on the destination of the league title. Celtic are unbeaten in the Scottish Premier League since October.

However, Rangers may well have to get the job done without Morelos, who has netted 12 times in 26 league matches this season.

A statement from the Colombia Football Association read: "The coaching and medical staff of the Colombia Men's Senior National Team reports that, after performing medical examinations on player Alfredo Morelosa 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.

"For this reason, the striker is called off to begin his recovery work. We wish the player a good return to his club."

Rangers' Europa League quarter-final first leg against Braga follows the Old Firm derby, and they meet Celtic again later in April in the Scottish Cup semi-finals as they continue to fight on three fronts.