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GERRARD’S HOPE FOR MORELOS

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STEVEN GERRARD hopes Alfredo Morelos’ goal in the 4-1 Scottish Cup win over Hamilton Accies in the FTO Stadium is the start of a deluge.

The Colombian frontman, who has been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons in recent times, claimed his first strike in six games as Rangers claimed a place in this afternoon’s quarter-final draw.

Scott Arfield, with a double, and Joe Aribo were also on target to make certain there was no banana skin on the home side’s artificial surface.

Gerrard watched the hitman hoist his tally to 29 with a header for his side’s third goal and afterwards he praised the all-round play of the forward.

The Ibrox boss, speaking to STV, said: “I think he looked sharp. He will be disappointed that he never scored in the first-half, I thought that was a real good chance for someone like Alfredo.

“He is probably slightly disappointed that he hasn’t scored a double, but there was still part of his play which was typical Alfredo, where he was undefendable.

“He was strong, powerful and he ran through the defender for the penalty, which was obviously the breakthrough we were looking for, and again he was in the right place at the right time and he still had to do a little bit with the header.

“Hopefully that goal will spring him on to more now because we need him firing as quick as possible. All forwards, especially number nines, thrive on goals and get confidence and belief from goals.”

Arfield opened the scoring, but only after his penalty-kick had been pushed away by Luke Southwood. Unfortunately, for the Accies keeper, the rebound went straight to the midfielder who slotted home from close range.

Gerrard added: “We are still searching for this person to come forward and become our penalty taker, but on the evidence so far I might have to go back to James Tavernier.

“I will make that decision in due course.”

Croatian left-back Borna Barisic had to be replaced after suffering a hip injury that could rule him out of the Premiership encounter against Kilmarnock at Rugby Park on Wednesday.

 

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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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