Former Dons defender McKenna had loads of scrapes with the Colombian Rangers’ killer before winning a move to Nottingham Forest earlier in the season.
The famous duo clashed in a Premier League unveiling match two years ago, as the Rangers striker received a red card after being sent off against his opponent, the Reds.. .
This class was later canceled on appeal, but both men found themselves heading for an early shower again after another ugly collision in the next Petodrie showdown a few months later.
But even when he’s out of trouble, Morelos likes nothing better than facing his direct opponents in physical strife..
With McKenna now doing his trade south of the border at City Ground, Taylor says he’s ready to step in the breach as he vowed to deal with Morelos when he visits Aberdeen Govan on Sunday..
The English center-back said, « I enjoy this kind of battle. ». “We defenders love this physical aspect of the game and I’m definitely still a great player.
« There are different challenges depending on the attacker you’re facing. I now have a lot more experience so I know how to tweak my game depending on who I’m playing against.
However, Taylor might not have much opportunity to wrestle with the Light Blues player if Morelos continues his last ruse to backtrack too closely to reach out to Steven Gerrard’s midfield..
This tactic was key when the Rangers began the season with their victory over Petodrie in August. Morelos walked away from his marker before turning into a hatch through a rushing Ryan Kent to score the only goal.
That was the only time Taylor felt his squad were out of action on the opening day, but admitted they would have to put in more effort in the second half if they wanted to hand over Gerrard’s side who hadn’t beat his first bloody nose in the campaign. .
“I’m not entirely sure how Morelos will play this weekend,” he said. “When we played Rangers at the start of the season, he was pulling back a little, allowing the other runners to go forward..
“It was difficult to face him at those times because you don’t want to go to those areas as a defender.
« You just have to reach out and make sure everyone in front of you is ready to cancel it.
“But I noticed a difference in Morelos game and he is pulling back a bit this season. I’m not sure if that was something he was asked of or the change he wanted to make on his own.
« We were good from a defensive standpoint, but a little hold of the ball and reaching the final third was disappointing..
« But we have benefited from that since then, and we have looked at the threat more and will work to introduce that into Sunday’s match..
Rangers are soaring at the top of the standings but Derek McKinis’ team performed well themselves, unbeaten since their surprise defeat to Motherwell in September. .
Taylor added, « It’s going to be a tough challenge against Rangers, he is always, especially away from home.
« But we are Aberdeen Football Club, we are a great team, and we have a team that can win there as we did before.. We need to follow the confidence and positive mindset that we have shown in recent matches and look forward to the three points.
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