ALFREDO MORELOS will NOT be leaving Rangers in next month’s transfer window, insists boss Steven Gerrard.

The Colombian striker has been in the limelight this season with his goalscoring exploits and hit the headlines again at the weekend with his double against St Johnstone to give the Ibrox men a late 2-1 victory.

Gerrard realises there will be interest in 21-year-old Morelos, but has no intention of allowing him to leave the club following his 19 goals so far in a prolific campaign.

The Govan gaffer said he will be “respectful” when clubs come calling, but remains resolute regarding the player’s future.

He admitted: “Alfredo’s a top-class finisher. He must be a nightmare to play against because I see him constantly keep giving defenders tough afternoons.

“He comes alive in the box and he has stepped up for us at big times and big moments.

“So we’re really pleased with him. All good players around the world receive interest and bids – that’s football.

“I won’t turn my phone off. I’ll listen to what interested clubs have to say.

“He’s going NOWHERE – and that’s the message.”

Morelos will lead the attack against Hibs at Ibrox tomorrow afternoon and will hope for better fortune than he experienced against Neil Lennon’s men at Easter Road a week ago.

The lively raider had eight attempts at goal, hit the target four times and didn’t register in a goalless draw.


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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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