Rangers have been accused of lacking attacking dynamism and flair throughout Steven Gerrard’s time as manager of the club, but for all their struggle in-front of goal one player has stood out from the rest, namely Alfredo Morelos.
The Gers are not blessed with the firepower which they required to earn their place in the last-32 of the Europa League, but without Morelos they would be a completely different side altogether.
Morelos is certainly not without his flaws: ill-discipline and petulance have tarnished his reputation among the Ibrox faithful but even his harshest of critics would be foolish not to acknowledge his quality.
The major permutation of Morelos’ impressive form for Rangers is the rising interest in his signature from outside the club, and with the winter window just days away from reopening his future is beginning to become a key talking point once again.
Indeed, his return of 19 goals and ten assists from 32 appearances in all-competitions this season is bound to catch the eye, and Gerrard was recently questioned about his availability.
When asked about the potential of receiving offers for the Colombian’s services in January, Gerrard responded (via Daily Mail): “Other teams will be told, very, very clearly. He’s not for sale.”
Considering Morelos’ obvious importance to the club it was far from surprising that Gerrard dismissed the possibility of offloading him midway through the season, and he went on to illuminate his importance to everybody involved with the club.
“He deserves all that respect and love from the fans and he knows he’s respected and loved not just by the fans but by his team-mates and staff and we’re doing everything we can to keep developing and improving him, not just the player but the person as well. He’s working really hard at that.”
That Gerrard has alluded to Morelos’ personal development is a key indicator of exactly where he needs to improve to grow into a top player in Scotland. The 22-year-old is already one of the most talented players in the division, but he will fail to realise his potential unless he stamps out the moments of rage for which he has become infamous for in the SPFL.
And if he manages to channel his aggression effectively Gerrard’s glowing verdict may well turn prophetic.
“He’s up there. And he can get better as well.”
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