Mark Hateley: Rangers striker branded ‘waste of time’ in Union Saint-Gilloise defeat as Morelos comeback nears
Antonio Colak’s performance has been put under the microscope with Alfredo Morelos set to win his fitness battle ahead of the return leg at Ibrox next Tuesday.
In what turned out to be an unusually lackluster European display from last season’s Europa League finalists, Hateley accused his former club of learning next to nothing about their Belgian opponents after rarely threatening Anthony’s goal Morris.
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The Ibrox great – a hulking striker who terrorized opposition defenses in Scotland throughout the 1990s – also criticized Croatia frontman Colak, who once again led the line in Alfredo Morelos’ absence.
Speaking on BBC Sportsound, he said: “It was a poor, weak and brutal show. Union understood Rangers after 25 minutes.
“We don’t even know if Union’s back three are good. Is the keeper good? We don’t know.
“Colak, to me, was a waste of time. If Morelos plays, the ball goes to him. Colak did not ask for the ball.
“At the end of the day, Rangers are very, very lucky to come away with a 2-0 loss. You could see a second goal coming the whole second half. Then you worry about the third goal.
Rangers must now close the two-goal deficit next Tuesday when the game returns to Glasgow, but they are likely to receive a vital pre-game boost with talisman Morelos expected to be available for selection.
Morelos is eligible to play next week and he could be tasked with saving the Ibrox side’s Champions League ambitions after Van Bronckhorst hinted the 26-year-old should win his fitness battle at time.
He revealed: “I think it’s realistic. He’s been training with us for a while and he’s improving day by day.
“We also have him in the UEFA list for this round, so hopefully he will continue and be there next week.
“The performance we had, if you have one or two players below their level they normally are, maybe with the other eight you can change it on the pitch. But there were too many players not playing and not as usual.