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DOUBLE THE JOY FOR ALF

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ALFREDO MORELOS scored two goals in the 3-0 win over St Mirren – DOUBLE his tally for the rest of 2020.

The Colombian international’s last strike before getting on the scoresheet yesterday had come against Hamilton Accies in February.

Morelos, still linked with French outfit Lille, led the line with stats showing the Ibrox outfit had 29 shots at goal, 12 of them on target with three goals their return for an emphatic performance against a ragged Paisley side who had been penned in right from the off.

Steven Gerrard, speaking to the Daily Record, said: “I’m very pleased. I would have liked that second goal a bit earlier so we could relax a little bit more.

“But we were asking a lot of questions of St Mirren. We could have had two or three in the first-half, but what pleased me most was that we stayed on the gas and never came off.

“We kept trying to find the answers and it came in the 70th minute. After that we finished the job off nice and strong.

HEAVENS ABOVE…Alfredo Morelos celebrates his first goal against suffering Saints.

THUMB-STRUCK…Alfredo Morelos enjoys his second strike.

“If I’m being critical, I want a lot more goals. The display and our style deserved more goals.

“Our build-up play was really strong, really good. We were getting into the right areas, but we were trying to score that perfect goal. We were looking for that perfect combination or the perfect bit of magic, but sometimes you don’t complicate it – shoot more, cross more.

“Get it into those areas and you get your rewards and we certainly did that with the set-piece for the second goal.”

The Gers gaffer added: “I’ve got to give the players lots and lots of credit because we stayed on from the first whistle as we chased the breakthrough.

“We all know how good this crowd can be and the lift they can give you. The players have got to find a way of lifting each other out there. They’ve got to praise each other and give them the lift a crowd naturally provides.

WATCHING BRIEF…Steven Gerrard keeps an eye on developments.

“But we all realise that even though they’re not here on the terraces, there’s hundreds and hundreds of thousands watching at home.

“You only have to look at the reaction to kit sales and season ticket sales.

“I make it very clear that even though they’re not here, they are still with us and the responsibility for us is to get results.”

The unfortunate Conor McCarthy diverted a cross-cum-shot from Morelos into his own net for the opening goal in the 23rd minute before last season’s 29-goal hitman claimed his second-half double.

Gerrard will be hoping his controversial attack-leader and his team-mates stage an action replay when St Johnstone provide the opposition in Govan on Wednesday evening.

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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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