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GERRARD PRAISES ‘MASSIVE’ MORELOS

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ALFREDO MORELOS thrashed in his 21st goal of the season as he led Rangers to a 2-0 victory over Porto at Ibrox last night.

The Colombian netted a whizzbang effort to turn the Europe League Group G encounter in his side’s favour and then he set up a quickfire second for Steven Davis.

It was Morelos’ 11th European strike of the campaign and he had manager Steven Gerrard purring at full-time following a thrilling confrontation with the Portuguese team that reached the Champions League quarter-final in the previous campaign.

The delighted boss, in a report in the BBC, said: “That’s the reason we talk about him every two or three days.

“We’ll never run out of things to say if he keeps providing performances and moments like that. Players who keep producing moments like that deserve praise.

“I will never get bored of talking about him. He is a top player and I can’t describe how much I enjoy working with him. He’s a massive, massive asset to this club.”

There are all sorts of transfer stories swirling around at the moment concerning the 23-year-old prolific hitman, but the Govan gaffer insisted at the weekend he was going NOWHERE.

CRASH…Alfredo Morelos swivels to fire in a left-foot drive.

BANG…the Porto keeper is helpless as the ball zips past him.

WALLOP…Morelos goes through his goal celebration routine – for the 21st time this season.

On the game, Gerrard, who saw his side draw 1-1 in Portugal just over a fortnight ago, commented: “We beat a good team and we’ve beaten them comfortably.

“They have good players and over two games we have dominated three halves.

“I thought Porto paid us a big compliment with their set-up, the formation and the personnel they picked.

“It caused us problems and for the first 20/30 minutes their quick movement and system rattled us a bit. But once we came to terms with it we grew into the game.”

Rangers sit level with leaders Young Boys after four games, with Gerrard yet to taste defeat at home in Europe.

They now travel to Rotterdam to take on Feyenoord, knowing a victory would secure their place in the knock-out stage of the tournament.

Gerrard added: “It puts us in a good place in the group, but still a lot of work to do, two tough games to go.

“It’s a fantastic carrot for us. It will be really tough. They have a new manager [Dick Advocaat] now, I’m sure there will be a bounce. We will have a game plan, we will work on it.”

 

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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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