Gerrard urges star to 'push on', praises recently criticised man for 'excellent' contribution
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Rangers boss Gerrard praises Morelos and Kent after Hamilton win

Alfredo Morelos and Ryan Kent were two of the Rangers players singled out by Steven Gerrard during his RangersTV interview, following a 4-1 win at Hamilton on Saturday afternoon.

A brace from Scott Arfield, a composed finish from Joe Aribo and a header from Alfredo Morelos saw the Gers secure a place in the quarter-final draw.

Having received criticism for his performance against Hibernian in midweek, Ryan Kent set up Aribo’s goal, while the team’s third was Morelos’ first of 2020.

Kent and Morelos were in the action as Rangers eventually ran out winners over Hamilton. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“Very very impressed,” Gerrard told RangersTV when asked about the three second-half goals. “Obviously the Joe Aribo goal was fantastic. Ryan going on the outside and doing what he does with fantastic skill and an excellent assist – but that’s still a tough finish, so credit to Joe there.”

“Alfredo – it’s nice to see him back scoring. He came close in the first half and came close against Aberdeen, but hopefully, that goal does him the world of good now and he can push on from there.

“Obviously, we saved the best until last, Arfield’s strike has got to be a contender for Goal of the Month, if not Goal of the Season. An incredible strike.”

Verdict

It took a while for the goals to come for Rangers this afternoon, but it’s clear that the manager was leaving Hamilton pleased with what the players had produced.

It’s important that the goals are shared around and to show quality when winning games is always satisfying.

Morelos didn’t look himself for large periods, but after taking his relatively simple chance in the closing stages, his confidence is sure to return. That’s 30 goals for the season if you include his solitary strike for Columbia and he’ll be hoping to add many more over the next few months.

Morelos has looked rusty since the winter break, but should now be into his stride. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

As for Kent, while he scored in the defeat at Tynecastle a fortnight ago, he’s also looked off-colour since the return from the winter break.

His run and cross for Aribo was evidence that when he goes at defenders rather than cutting inside, he often poses more of a threat.

That’s just his fourth assist in 24 appearances since his move from Liverpool, so it’s an area of his game which requires marked improvement.

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