Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos has praised manager Steven Gerrard ahead of his international bow.

The star has been called up to the Colombia squad for the first time and will hope to make his debut against either Venezuela or Argentina.

Morelos’ call up comes after a bright start to the 2018/19 campaign which has seen him score six times in all competitions.

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The highlight being the hat-trick he hit against Kilmarnock recently.

Morelos, who signed a new four-year deal at the weekend, is feeling good about things right now.

And he’s more than happy with the influence Gerrard has had on him since becoming Gers manager.

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‘Gerrard has been terrific for me’

Speaking in the USA ahead of Los Cafeteros’ two friendly matches, Morelos said of his coach (as quoted by the Daily Record): “He has been terrific for me. It’s motivating for me to have someone like him as a manager when you look back at what he’s done in his career. 

“He starts me every week and although sometimes I lose my discipline a bit when I get angry, he helps me a lot.

 

“He has helped me grow as a player and as a person.

Morelos puts his improvement down to the influence of Steven Gerrard. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“Last year I had a good season and I have started this one well too.

“I am happy with our new manager and I am enjoying life at Rangers.

“It’s because of my form at Rangers that I was called up for the national team.”

Gerrard is the perfect mentor for Morelos

It is little wonder to hear Morelos speaking so highly of Gerrard.

The 22-year-old has bags of potential, but has struggled with his discipline.

As an up-and-coming youngster at Liverpool, Gerrard was very similar to the striker.

Morelos has a lot of respect for Gerrard and believes he is motivating him to become a better player and person. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Gerrard was fiesty and aggressive and it seems as though Morelos perhaps reminds him of his younger self.

It’s good to hear Morelos speaking so respectfully of Gerrard and being grateful for his influence.

Clearly,  he is already helping him to become a better and (hopefully) more mature player.

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