STEVEN Gerrard described Alfredo Morelos as “unplayable” in the wake what arguably was the striker’s best game in a Rangers jersey.

The Colombian scored one and produced two assists during a superb individual display in his side’s 4-2 Europa League qualifier win away to FC Midtjyyland of Denmark.

On the day Brandon Barker signed a three-year deal at Ibrox after leaving Manchester City, it was a more familiar face who the manager was keen to praise ahead of tomorrow’s first home league game of the season, against Hibernian.

Gerrard said: “When Alfredo is on his A-game, he can be unplayable and help this club to be successful. That’s what he needs to realise from a personal point of view. His A-game, on a regular basis, brings this club success.”

“A performance like that is the reason why there is so much speculation. That’s the reason why so many teams are watching him, tracking him.


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“I don’t go out to see warm up. I get my staff to tell me how the warm up has gone because that gives me an idea how I approach what words I use to players before they go out. Three individual members of the staff said ‘Fredo is at it, prepare for a performance.’ And he delivered.

“It wasn’t just his goal, we expect the goals, it was the work-rate, the following of the game-plan, it was the selfless running for the team. He was up against three big lumps the other night and he really took the fight on.

“Alfredo was the focal point. The trigger for us in and out of possession. He was terrific.

“He gets a yellow card on Thursday but I think his behaviour this season has been really good. We have to accept the fact he’s a physical player and is going to leave it on certain people. He’s going to fight, he’s going to hassle, he’s going to wrestle. That’s Alfredo Morelos. That’s why we all love him.

“His behaviour has been so good so far. I see a different focus and a player who wants to improve that side of his game. He still needs help and support from us.

“He put in a selfless performance. We said to the group before the game that you don’t get anything from European away games if you think about yourself or play with ego. It’s got to be for the team, it’s going to be dirty running and back pressing. You’ve got to burn the lungs and work the clogs – sacrifice yourself for the team.