Rangers legend Derek Johnstone believes that Alfredo Morelos’ impressive start to the season will show his critics that he’s matured since last season and insists the Colombian striker will have “learned a lot” from it.
Morelos was the centre attention for his disciplinary record just as much as his goals last season but, so far, the 23-year-old looks as though he’s learned when to walk away as opposition players goad him.
Barca Bear Johnstone also admits that if he can continue doing what he’s doing for Steven Gerrard’s side then he’ll earn the move to a bigger league that the striker craves.
“Alfredo had to show people that he can behave himself and that he is maturing as a player and the way he has played in the first few weeks of the season has been very impressive,” Johnstone told the Evening Times.
“When you look at his game and his ability, that disciplinary record was the only black mark against him last term and I am sure he will have learned a lot from those tough times.
“We all know that Alfredo wants to move on from Rangers one day and play in a bigger league. If he can score 30 goals again this season, and continue to perform in Europe, then that will raise the calibre of the clubs that will be interested in him.”
Morelos made his 100th appearance for the Gers in the midweek draw with Legia Warsaw and has a phenomenal return of 57 goals and 22 assists since his move from HJK Helsinki.
With nine goals to his name already this season, he’s made a blistering start at bettering last season’s tally of 30 – although with Jermain Defoe also scoring for fun, Morelos faces tougher competition for a starting place.
After hitting the net 57 times in his first 100 appearances, hopefully, he’s around to make it 200 and can continue scoring goals just as regularly.