We may only be in October, but the Scottish League Cup has already reached its business end. While Celtic face Hibernian in the first semi-final, Rangers and Motherwell will look to book their spot in the final when they meet at Hampden Park on Sunday afternoon.

For managers Pedro Caixinha and Steve Robinson, it represents a huge opportunity to take a massive step towards their first piece of silverware at Rangers and Motherwell respectively.

There hasn't been much to separate the sides in the league so far this season. After nine games, Rangers are one point ahead of the Steelmen with 17. When the sides met in August, a Graham Dorrans brace lifted the Gers to a 2-1 win at Fir Park, so Robinson will be keen for a reverse in Sunday's clash.

Key to both teams' chances will be their in-form strikers. For Rangers, hopes will rest on the young shoulders of Colombian frontman Alfredo Morelos, who has hit the ground running at Ibrox with eight goals in 13 appearances since joining from HJK Helsinki in the summer.

However, Motherwell have an effective marksman of their own up top in the shape of Louis Moult. The 25-year-old Birmingham City target has a similarly impressive record this season, with nine goals in 14 appearances including four in five in the League Cup.

Moult, who rejected a new Motherwell contract in August amid reports of a move to Rangers or Aberdeen, will get the chance to show Caixinha what he can do when he faces off against his potential future employers on Sunday.

Morelos has been excellent in the SPL this season, with an average of 113 minutes per goal, which is better than Moult's 144. He also has a better shot accuracy,  with 71 per cent. However, he has only managed 14 shots overall, which pales in comparison to trigger-happy Moult's 29. The Well striker's accuracy is currently 52 per cent.

While Morelos is deadlier in the air, Moult is still a classic poacher. Both players have displayed a killer instinct in the box this season and possess the clinical finishing to fire their team to the final.

Having made the leap from Finnish football last season, it's perhaps a little more surprising to see Morelos slotting so seamlessly into Rangers' style of play, as Moult is merely continuing on from his 18 goals in each of the last two seasons.

Whatever way you look at it, the semi-final between Rangers and Motherwell is shaping up to be an intriguing battle between two of Scotland's best sides, and there can be no question that Morelos and Moult will play a key role for both teams as they continue their quest for the first piece of silverware in the Scottish domestic season.

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