FORMER Celtic boss Neil Lennon has revealed he is “a big fan” of Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos.
And the former Hoops captain admitted he believes the Ibrox club should not hesitate in getting the controversial Colombian signed on a new contract.
Morelos, nicknamed ‘El Bufalo’, is a free agent in the summer when his current deal expires and can walk away from the Govan for nothing.
HEAD BOWED…Alfredo Morelos comes off the pitch after the 1-1 draw with St Mirren in Paisley last month.
The 26-year-old hitman has returned to the first team after injury and scored twice since the return after the World Cup break – the winner in the 3-2 win over Hibs and the opener in the 3-0 victory over Motherwell in midweek.
He suffered a hamstring problem against the Fir Park club and is a doubt as Michael Beale prepares for his derby managerial debut against Ange Postecoglou’s champions at Ibrox on Monday afternoon.
Lennon might not be too disappointed if the raider misses the encounter.
The Celtic legend, speaking to Football Odds in a report in the Scottish Sun, said: “It is harsh to call Morelos a liability. I’m a big fan of his and I’ve always liked him as a player.
DERBY WINNER…Neil Lennon with the 2019 League Cup – a game in which Alfredo Morelos had a penalty-kick saved as Celtic won 1-0 with a Christopher Jullien goal.
“He just sometimes needs to look after his emotions better, but when he’s fit and confident, he can be a handful for any team\”It will be interesting to see if he starts and what condition he is in. If he is physically and mentally ready, then he can certainly cause Celtic problems.
“Morelos, the board and Michael [Beale] will have to sit down to where his future lies. If the player really wants to stay, then he should. His goal record is impressive.
“He has always had a shadow of ill discipline over his head and losing control in games and he really needs to grow out of that.
“However, when he is fit and consistent, he is a very good player who Rangers should keep hold of.”