“We always support all players across the board”: Steven Gerrard supports Alfredo Morelos to find his best form after a difficult start to the year
- Alfredo Morelos ended goal drought in the victory of Rangers’ Betfred Cup at Hamilton
- Boss Steven Gerrard is convinced that the striker is ready to be in top form again
- Morelos has been involved in various unsavory incidents in the past month
Steven Gerrard believes that Alfredo Morelos is ready to rediscover the top form after he has collected his incident hit at the beginning of 2020.
Police announced Monday that a 12-year-old boy has been accused of targeting racist hymns at the Colombian during the Old Firm collision in Celtic Park in December.
The 23-year-old has also drawn attention to extra attention for the back of an incident with his sports car and a television interview that was broadcast with errors on the screen translation.
Alfredo morelos returned to scoring with a goal for Rangers in the win at Hamilton
Morelos missed the first three games of the new year by suspension after his resignation in Parkhead and then slashed spaces against Ross County, Aberdeen and Hibernian.
But he returned to the target track on Saturday when he drove home his 29th goal of the Hamilton campaign to help Gers in the final eight of the William Hill Scottish Cup.
Gerrard had a number of heart to heart in the aftermath of those off-field dramas, but and according to what he has seen, Morelos is ready to go from strength to strength.
Gerrard said: “We always support all players across the board. Family is always first for me, so it’s not just with Alfredo, I’m there for all players to talk to. My door is always open.
‘As a club, we always try to take care of all players from top to bottom, whether they are on the first team or in the academy.
“Alfredo’s line of thought looked good on the weekend. He played his role in a new victory. I thought he looked like he was sharper in the Hibs game.
‘He ended the race really well, took shape at the weekend and got his goal, which is always important for a striker.
“I had a few chats with him after the winter break and he looks like he’s OK to continue playing.”
Gerrard insisted that Morelos retained its full support after a difficult start to the year
Goals from Morelos and Joe Aribo in the Foys Stadium were booked by a Scott Arfield-double and Gerrard was delighted to see the rest of his team chipping as he looks to relieve some of the pressure off the shoulders of his top scorer .
“We have spoken a number of times during my stay here about the fact that we do not always tax certain people,” said the Ibrox boss. ‘It is important that the goals are divided.
‘It’s nice to see center-backs contributions from set-pieces and midfielders and number 10s. Ryan Kent’s numbers are a lot better than last season, so if we can get that collectively in the group, we are going to win more football matches and give ourselves a better chance.
“We don’t want to be a team that depends on one or two people.”
Borna Barisic has a chance of 50/50 to be fit for the midweek match of Rangers against Kilmarnock
Gerrard is also ready for a further boost prior to Wednesday’s collision with Kilmarnock with the news Borna Barisic and Ryan Jack could both be available to take on the Alex Dyer team.
Left-back Barisic scores only 50-50 after tweaking a thigh muscle against Hamilton, but the Croatia international has until the last minute to prove its condition for the clash between Rugby Park. However, Jack is ready to return after injuring his calf against Hearts last month.
At Barisic, Gerrard said: ‘I think he has a chance on Wednesday evening. He won’t train today. We will try to give it as long as possible.
“He will probably have a late fitness test, so at the moment he is now 50-50 in the best case.
“Ryan Jack is available, which is fantastic news.”