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Alfredo Morelos: Rangers striker dropped by Giovanni van Bronckhorst over fitness and attitude concerns

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Alfredo Morelos has been left out of Rangers’ squad for their Champions League play-off second-leg against PSV Eindhoven.

Rangers boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst made the decision following various concerns including the strikers’ fitness levels and attitude over the early stages of this season.

Morelos was sent off 13 minutes after coming on as a substitute at Easter Road on Saturday, however, that incident is not the sole reason behind this move.

It is understood the 26-year-old does still have a future at Ibrox – if he can prove his commitment to the club – with talks over a new deal currently on hold.
Following Morelos’ lengthy spell on the sidelines, Rangers have strengthened in the forward areas with Tom Lawrence, Malik Tillman, Rabbi Matondo and Antonio Colak joining this summer.
Colak has started all seven matches this season across competitions and has scored four goals in his last five matches.

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There’s no doubt Giovanni van Bronckhorst would rather avoid being in this position on the eve of a huge match for Rangers.

However, to drop a player that has scored 114 goals and contributed 51 assists during his time at the club shows real leadership.

Concerns were raised by Sky Sports pundit Kris Boyd over the Colombian’s attitude and fitness levels before the draw at Hibernian and it’s clear those problems have cost Morelos his place in the squad.

The red card at Easter Road was branded as “stupid” by James Tavernier and with the captain, alongside other senior players, backing Van Bronckhorst’s call – it’s clear there is unity over the standard needed within the dressing room.

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Speculation always follows Morelos during the transfer window but it is clear he still has a future at Ibrox, if he can prove he is willing to put the team first.

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Antonio Colak has shown he knows his way to goal, as do summer arrivals Tom Lawrence and Malik Tillman, so while there is depth at Rangers, but make no doubt about it – Morelos could have a key part to play.

For now, the manager has placed the ball firmly in Morelos’ court and the message is clear – only time will tell if those issues around fitness and attitude are dealt with by the player.

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2022 World Cup: Unwanted history for hosts Qatar against Ecuador

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Qatar on Sunday, became the first host country to be defeated in their opening game in the 92-year history of the World Cup.

Ecuador beat the Middle East country 2-0 courtesy of two first-half goals from captain Enner Valencia. Ecuador’s captain also saw a goal ruled out for offside. The result means Qatar become the first host nation ever to lose their opening game at a World Cup.

It’s obviously not the start Qatar will have wanted to make to a competition that had been plagued by controversy before a ball had even been kicked.

Supporters also made their feelings clear about the match at half-time as they abandoned the game in large numbers with the hosts already 2-0 down. Initial estimates suggest around 20,000 supporters left the game at the break.

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There were just 11 shots in this game (five for Qatar, six for Ecuador) – no World Cup match on record (since 1966) has seen fewer attempts.

The hosts return to action on Friday against Senegal.

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Victor Osimhen Bags Huge International Award And Recognition

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Nigeria and Napoli forward Victor Osimhen has received a huge international award and recognition for his relentless contribution at the international and club level.

The Super Eagles of Nigeria and Napoli forward Victor Osimhen received a huge international award from the Globe Soccer Awards. The talented player was recognized for his immense contribution to both club and country.

He was crowned the Emerging Player Of The Year 2022, which was deserved on every level as the player has continued to show his importance at the club level for Napoli by contributing towards the impressive run of the club in the new season as well as the previous season.

Although the Super Eagles of Nigeria would not be going to the World Cup 2022 in Qatar, he had been one of the stand-out players for the Eagles in their qualifiers.

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Contragulations Victor.

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2022 World Cup: I am totally, absolutely focused on Portugal- Ronaldo says amid Man Utd criticism

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In the wake of his scathing interview about Manchester United, Cristiano Ronaldo declares that Portugal will be his “absolute focus” during the World Cup.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner, in an interview with Piers Morgan for TalkTV, which will be made public in its entirety on Wednesday, criticised United manager Erik ten Hag, Ralf Rangnick, and senior officials at Old Trafford.

Ronaldo claimed that United had “betrayed” him and that the team had not advanced since Alex Ferguson left in 2013.

Man Utd react to Ronaldo’s interview with Piers Morgan

After the interview, United reacted with a statement on Monday mentioning it and promising to respond “after the full facts have been established.”

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Prior to Portugal’s November 24 match against Ghana in Group H, the 37-year-old declared on Monday that his entire attention would be on playing for Portugal in Qatar.

“Total and absolute focus on national team work. United group, towards one objective: realise the dream of all Portuguese people!,” he posted on Instagram.

Despite missing United’s previous two games due to “illness,” he posted a photo of himself with his Portugal teammates during a training session.

Without Ronaldo, the Red Devils defeated Fulham 2-1 on Sunday, moving them up to fifth place in the Premier League, three points behind Tottenham with one game remaining.

In the Middle East, where Fernando Santos’ team will also play Uruguay and South Korea, Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo hopes to lead his nation to World Cup triumph.

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