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Gerrard challenges Morelos to score more

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After Gerrard managed Rangers to their first Scottish League title in ten years, the champions hoped to take their brilliant form in Europe.

That hasn’t been the case though as the Teddy Bears have failed to record a single win in their 2021\2022 Europa League campaign and sit at the bottom in group A.

Ahead of their game against third-placed Brondby, Steven Gerrard has seemingly had enough of the goal drought and wants goals from his team, particularly from Colombian striker, Alfredo Morelos.

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The Rangers No.20 is their best striker now, and holds the record for most Rangers’ goals in European competitions. But the 25-year old hasn’t found the back of the net much this season, netting just five in fifteen games unlike the previous seasons.

Steven Gerrard needs a European win, and the former Liverpool man is set on having Morelos play a big part in it through a goal(s). Gerrard expects more from Morelos than what the Colombian has delivered this year.

“…I would expect the guy who has played the majority of the minutes as number nine to have more than five in 15,” the Rangers’ coach stated. Morelos, who has scored 99 goals for Rangers has to be in the right places to get his 100th, and redeem Rangers in Europe. “…keep getting in the right places,” Gerrard advised.

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Today’s match gives Morelos a chance to get his team out of muddy waters, and dispel his coach’s worries. Hopefully, the Colombian striker will find his form and emulate what he has done in recent years by contributing to his club’s needed three points.

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Ange Postecoglou reckons Celtic face a Champions League test

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Celtic have found their top form in recent weeks and will hope to carry it into their Europa League match against Bayer Leverkusen today. In as much as they are in super form, facing the German side of the road won’t be an easy ask, and Postecoglou is well aware of that.

To keep their European campaign going, the Celts must get their first ever win from thirteen in Germany, or bet on a Real Betis loss at home. Ange believes that any effort short of Celtic’s absolute best will be disastrous.

“Spot on and that’s the only way you can measure it,” he stated, emphasizing that they’ll have less to regret and more to learn if their best efforts can’t crash Leverkusen. “…at least we’ll know we’ve given it all and …where we need to improve.”

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But Postecoglou doesn’t just view his side’s opponents as Europa League teams. He thinks they (Leverkusen) are beyond that, and to face them, full concentration is paramount. “…they’re a Champions League side…that will wait on any mistakes we make and punish us,” he observed.

In their first leg, Gerardo Seoane’s boys capitalized on The Hoops’ mistakes to get four goals and three points on the road, but Ange is assured of a better performance since his side is apparently more settled than they were then, and he has a number of in-form top players.

On injury updates, Ange said Steven Welsh is fit, Tom Rogic and Carl Starfelt are days away from returning, while Giakoumakis is still under watch. Hopefully, Celtic can keep the fire burning at Bay Arena tonight.

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Moyes is certain West Ham will lead their Europa League group

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Their Premier League pursuit met a hurdle last weekend when they lost to Wolves on the road, but the West Ham manager’s belief in his team to come out on top of Group H hasn’t wavered.

The Hammers, who are undefeated in their European campaign this season, travel to the Austrian capital to face Rapid Vienna, currently last in the group H standings.

A win will guarantee them first place and escape meeting a Champions League relegated team, so Moyes’ boys will seek nothing but three points from the Austrian giants.

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If not in Austria, though, the former Manchester United coach is sure his team will get the needed points in their last group game against current second-placed Dinamo Zagreb. “…I am confident that along the line we will take the points we need from the final two games to win the group,” Moyes assured.

With the Austrian national lockdown being a blessing in disguise for the Hammers, who were set to play without their fans following disciplinary measures, the EPL side must use the opportunity to get three points.

The Londoners will play Manchester City, Brighton, and Chelsea, respectively, after their Vienna match, so perhaps they won’t be as fit to play Dinamo Zagreb in December, leaving tomorrow’s game as the best chance to get full (or any) points in the group.

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Rival fan’s tweet about Kyogo sets the internet ablaze

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Rival fan’s tweet bout Kyogo sets the internet ablaze

Celtic’s Europa League hopes were revived after yesterday’s 2-0 home win against Ferencvaros, thanks to Kyogo Furuhashi’s goal and an own goal.

After playing a major part in the win, just like he has done several times this season, the Japanese received praise all over, especially on the internet. 

But one of those who applauded him was a fan of their rival club Ranger’s fan, who thought Kyogo was better than their own Alfredo Morelos. The fan, going by the name “@andybearz said “Furuhashi is twice the striker Morelos is.”

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Well, that “blew” the internet apart. Most Celtic fans obviously agreed with him, but Ranger’s supporters were quick to criticize, some terming him a fake fan who should leave Ibrox ASAP.

One fan, in particular, advised Andy to differentiate between quality and form, insinuating that Morelos was a way better quality player as he had scored close to 100 goals, while Kyogo was only in good form currently. 

But a Celtic fan came to Andy’s defense, saying that Morelos wasn’t half as good as Rangers’ fans thought he was, or he would have been “taken.”

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In a battle between the two sides’ supporters, some regarded Morelos as the best striker in Scotland who’s just being used wrongly, some said Kyogo is better as he is doing great despite just arriving at Celtic, while one even stated it was a normal occurrence for Morelos to struggle with the form before getting on track.

A supporter by the name CraigB cheekily called Andy a fake fan, while Shredder thought Furuhashi only had more goals because Morelos is out. 

Facts speak for themselves though, and Morelos has 5 goals in 15 matches while Kyogo has 9 in 13, so it’s either the Rangers striker really takes long to get into shape, or Andy is right and the Celtic one is better.

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