BANNED Alfredo Morelos picked up THREE top prizes in Rangers’ end-of-season dinner.

The controversial Colombian, who has been red-carded five times in a stormy campaign and is currently serving a four-game suspension, lifted the Player of the Year and Players’ Player of the Year honours to add to his Top Goalscorer award.

The 22-year-old international hitman has has claimed 29 strikes n 45 appearances, 15 more than any of his Ibrox colleagues.

Morelos, according to Sky Sport, said: “It’s something incredible for me, my team-mates’ support has been really important.

“I’m very thankful for their support both on and off the pitch so thanks to them, and to the whole technical team, for their support thank you so much.

“We know that we played as best we could this season and it’s all thanks to them. Honestly, without my team-mates’ support none of this would have been possible.

“I’m very happy with all of them; I’m very happy and very proud that they picked me.”

CELEBRATIONS…Ryan Kent picked up honour.

Ryan Kent won Young Player of the Year, while Amy Muir collected the Women’s Player of the Year award.

Meanwhile, Scott Arfield, who claimed a ha-trick in the Ibrox side’s 3-0 win over Motherwell at Fir Park yesterday, has thanked Jermain Defoe for unselfishly setting him up for his first senior trio.

The Scots-born Canadian international had already scored twice against Well when the on-loan Bournemouth frontman passed up an opportunity to score and handed his team-mate a his third goal.

Arfield, speaking to BBC Sport, said: “I can’t believe Jermain passed it, to be honest.

“If I wasn’t on two goals, he wasn’t passing to me, not a chance, but fair play to him – no-one in the stadium expected him to pass it.”

The midfielder, who played for Falkirk, Huddersfield and Burnley before joining Gers in the summer, joked that it had taken him until his 478th senior appearance to score a hat-trick.

The 30-year-old asked: “What took me so long? I’ve been thinking that myself. I very much enjoyed it.

“I’ve hit four doubles in my career and this is my first treble. My last hat-trick at any level was playing for Murieston Boys Club.”


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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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