PEDRO Caixinha has tipped Alfredo Morelos to succeed at Rangers after the Colombian netted a double in the League Cup to get himself off the mark at Ibrox.
The 21-year-old scored in both halves as the Gers swept Dunfermline aside in a 6-0 rout and Caixinha hopes it has handed the striker a confidence boost.
Bruno Alves was another on the scoresheet as he whipped in a stunning free-kick to give the Light Blues their second of the evening.
The manager said his assistant told the Portuguese international to grab the ball just days after instructing Graham Dorrans to take charge from the penalty spot.
Speaking to RangersTV Caixinha said:
“Of course I knew Bruno could score free-kicks like that, Helder Baptista told him to take it, he told Daniel to take his too!
“Bruno was always an option for free-kicks, we have lots of players who can take them but definitely Bruno is one.
“Niko is another and Daniel is also is that group but we have other players in that group like for example, Josh and James.
“I am really pleased for Alfredo because he is a young boy with terrific potential in front of him, you can see the hunger and desire.
“Strikers live for goals and I am very pleased that he could score two goals tonight at Ibrox and celebrate. I hope that has given him a lot of confidence for the future.
“All these players could be in my first XI, they fight for it and they know that. We have a very competitive squad and when you have players who are competitive and everyone is fighting in the same direction it is fantastic.
“We are really pleased with the players we have, with the squad that we have and with the options that we have.”
Rangers’ progression to the quarter-finals of the competition was done in stunning style and Caixinha is pleased with the momentum his team are building ahead of Hibs visit to Ibrox this weekend.
“I think we are all happy, it was a fantastic game. I think the boys are all properly understanding about the momentum and how to build it from the very beginning of the match.
!We have approached all the last four matches with a great attitude and with a great desire to call the game for us. The major point for us has been winning the last four matches.
“I am also pleased about the second half because even winning 4-0 at half-time we were having some easy losses which I was not liking.
“We talked about that at half-time and we tried to explain to them how the opponent was playing and how the spaces work in order to keep the ball and not lose it so easy.
“I am pleased with the game overall, I am pleased with the result and I am pleased with the result.”