PEDRO CAIXINHA believes goalscorers like Alfredo Morelos are ‘amazing’ players to have in a first-team squad.
The Ibrox gaffer welcomed his sixth summer signing of an action-packed summer transfer window with open arms, and pointed to his outstanding record of 46 goals in 62 games for previous club HJK Helsinki.
The Ibrox gaffer exclusively told RangersTV: “Alfredo is a young and talented Colombian player. He is only 20-years old but he has a fantastic goal scoring record in Finland, although the level is not as high as you have it in Scotland.
“He has gone from under-17s to under-20s with Colombia, who you should not forget are fifth in the FIFA rankings, and they have a lot of fantastic players, especially forwards.
“He was recommended to us by Jonatan Johansson and now he is with us and we believe he is going to help us. We believe he has a lot to learn to keep progressing with his capabilities and his potential.
“But, he is a player who can score goals, and someone like that is always amazing to have in your squad.”
Of course, the main and most striking aspect of Morelos’ play is his goal scoring, but Caixinha believes he brings so much more than that.
He continued: “He is a player who can act in several positions in the attack. He can play alone as number nine, he can play as the second striker, he can play as a double nine and he can also play in the wide areas.
“He is a powerful player who, if you attack with less space, he can find space, and vice versa. We want to have different options, and, once again the human side of the player needs to be present.
“I believe he speaks good English, but if not, then as I can speak Spanish I can be that ‘father figure’ which will be important for him to get the confidence in a new and demanding place, and in a huge and demanding club like Rangers.”
Caixinha also spoke about Jonatan Johansson’s role in the transfer, explaining the work he put in to bring the Colombian to Glasgow.
He added: “JJ, like all the assistants, are people who need to have all the confidence and the trust from myself. All the time that JJ or the others present something to me, I need to have a look at it and I need to trust and believe in all of them.
“He had a very important role in all of this. He identified the player, he followed the player, he tracked the player and he is Finnish so he has many contacts back there, so he knows everything about him.”