Former Celtic striker Pierre van Hooijdonk feels Rangers hitman Alfredo Morelos will be affected after missing too many chances against the Hoops just before the winter break.

Rangers emerged victorious against Celtic in the Glasgow derby, but missed a host of chances as Morelos was guilty of not being clinical enough in front of goal.




Morelos is currently the leading goalscorer in the Scottish Premiership with 12 goals, three more that Celtic’s Odsonne Edouard, who has mustered nine strikes so far.

Van Hooijdonk, however, believes that the game against Celtic will play on the South American’s mind as he should have taken his chances.
 


“Morelos has scored a lot of goals and the only thing missing is an Old Firm strike”, Hooijdonk was quoted as saying by the Herald.

“That will definitely be in his head because South American strikers are selfish and just think ‘goals, goals, goals’.
 

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“He’s a handful and a bit crazy but he’s scored a lot of goals and he’s terrible to play against – one of these guys who would hate VAR to come in!

“He’s a good player but he’s missed big chances – and not just 50-50 ones – against Celtic.

“He’ll feel the need to score against them.

"If he never had a chance then he could always hold his hands up, but he has and it’s unusual he hasn’t taken any.”

Rangers have signed Jermain Defoe already in the January transfer window and the Englishman’s arrival adds more depth to the side's attack, which has looked toothless at times in Morelos’ absence.

Celtic and Rangers are level on points in the Premiership table.