Rangers winger hails Alfredo Morelos' mentality for ending Celtic goal drought with 55th league strike

Scott Wright believes Alfredo Morelos’ mental toughness and desire to score goals in every game ensured he kept plugging away at his Celtic scoring record.

Rangers' Scott Wright (left) and Celtic's Scott Brown battle for possession during the Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and Rangers at Celtic Park, on March 21, 2021, in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Alan Harvey / SNS Group)
Rangers' Scott Wright (left) and Celtic's Scott Brown battle for possession during the Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and Rangers at Celtic Park, on March 21, 2021, in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Alan Harvey / SNS Group)

The striker finally notched against his side’s Old Firm rivals at the 16th attempt with a backpost header to end his drought against Celtic – but his team-mate reckons his drought will barely have registered with the Colombian.

Morelos has come close against Celtic in the past – even spurning a penalty at Hampden in the 2019 Betfred Cup final – but finally broke his duck at Parkhead though his 55th league goal will be savoured just as much as his first, regardless of the opposition, Wright believes.

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"He has a great mentality, it’s something that wouldn’t be bothering him. He wants to score goals every game and he’s got his goal today and we’re delighted for him,” the winger told Sky Sports.

Second half substitute Wright watched from the bench as Morelos nodded in Leon Balogun’s flick-on and levelled the scores after Mohamed Elyounoussi’s diving header had opened the scoring.

Wright admitted that going unbeaten was an added bonus to the draw, and he enjoyed his late appearance – although a fan-free Old Firm game is far removed from the usual fevered atmosphere in the fixture.

"The manager thought they were going to be tiring a little bit so tried to bring my pace and energy to the game – it had gone a little bit flat. I tried to get on the ball to make things happen.

"It’s a bit different without the fans. I have played in Scotland before and so I know the magnitude of the game and the tension that comes into it but it's just another game and we were just focussed on coming here trying to get thee points and trying to keep a clean sheet which is something we pride ourselves on. We haven’t done that but we still stay unbeaten and it’s now on to the next game.

Rangers' Alfredo Morelos celebrates his goal with teammates during the Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and Rangers at Celtic Park, on March 21, 2021, in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Alan Harvey / SNS Group)

"[Remaining unbeaten] is something we don’t really speak about - we come into whichever game we are playing aiming for three points and we just treat every game the same.”

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