JAMES TAVERNIER is backing Colombian hothead Alfredo Morelos to keep calm and carry on scoring in the Glasgow derby at Ibrox tomorrow afternoon.

The Rangers skipper believes his volatile team-mate has been “channelling his aggression” well this season after seeing red on FIVE occasions in the previous term.

Morelos also picked up EIGHTEEN bookings during a controversial campaign where he still managed to score THIRTY goals.

It’s never dull when the 23-year-old frontman is around and he didn’t last the first-half when Steven Gerrard’s men travelled across the city to face Celtic at Parkhead in March.

Morelos was shown a straight red card in the 31st minute in his side’s 2-1 defeat for elbowing Hoops skipper Scott Brown on the chin in an off-the-ball incident.

There has been a change of attitude from the attacker since the start of the new season and the Ibrox captain hopes it will continue in tomorrow’s midday showdown.

Defender Tavernier, speaking to Sky Sports News, said: “Players will try and intimidate him during the game, but it’s down to all the lads just to try and keep him cool.

“Like the gaffer touched on, we want him to be that fiery character on the pitch because it brings out the best in him.

“So far this season, he has been channelling it really well for us and, hopefully, that will continue for the rest of the season.”

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