STEVEN GERRARD has insisted he will “fight tooth and nail” to keep Alfredo Morelos at Rangers.
The Ibrox boss saw the Colombian striker come off the substitutes’ bench to score the second goal in his side’s 3-0 home win over Livingston.
However, a THIRTEENTH yellow card of the season means the 22-year=old hitman will now serve a suspension.
Gerrard admitted: “I will fall out with people to keep him here, that’s how much I like him.
“He is happy, he is enjoying his work. I’m told by people who have been around a long time it’s the happiest he has looked.
“He recently signed a new deal. He has just got to keep going. The key thing for us is to keep him healthy and try to avoid these yellow cards.”
Morelos scored 18 goals in his debut Gers campaign and is already on 16 in his second season in Glasgow.
He was rested as Rangers kicked off the first of four matches in 11 days but he came on for Kyle Lafferty in the 62nd minute with the hosts struggling to finish off the visitors following Daniel Candeias’ 20th-minute opener.
MANAGER’S DREAM…Alfredo Morelos is rated highly by Steven Gerrard. Pic: Geo.
Gerrard added: “There is no doubt he is going to shatter what he got last season because we are creating chances.
“I’ll fight tooth and nail to keep him here as long as possible.
“I love him and respect him – but I also understand every player has his price. From day one I have told you I love him and that hasn’t changed. It has grown, it is getting more.
“I want to keep him here as long as possible because he makes my job a lot easier.”
Scott Arfield scored the third goal in the fading moments as Gerrard’s men remained two points behind Celtic at the top of the Premiership.