GRAEME MURTY reckons Rangers is the ideal place for Alfredo Morelos to show he is good enough for a place in Colombia’s World Cup squad.

The 21-year-old striker, who has scored 15 goals this season following his £1million move from HJK Helsinki last summer, has represented his country at Under 17 and 20 levels, but is yet to figure in the senior squad.

The Ibrox side have reportedly turned down massive bids from Chinese Super League team Beijing Renhe for the frontman and caretaker boss Murty insists the player can realise his international ambitions at Ibrox.

He said: “We haven’t had any contact from Colombia yet, but all Alfredo can do is continue to be outstanding. If he’s the top scorer in this league, then I have no doubt they will be looking at him.

“There are areas Alfredo needs to improve, we can look at his clinical nature, how many chances does he need to score a goal?

“We can definitely get that number down, we can definitely make him sharper and brighter, but I think having that international ambition is a good way to light a fire for a young man like Alfredo where goals are his main thing.

“But we can use those goals as a stepping stone to bigger and better things for him.

“As far as I am concerned, success is merely opportunity and preparation combined.

“He will have the opportunity to be successful here, but he has to make sure he prepares properly, he lives properly, he works properly at his game and is diligent.

“He is doing those things.”


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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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