Rangers were too reliant on ‘maniac’ Alfredo Morelos‘ goals last season, according to Andy Halliday, but the ex-Ger admits that the Colombian is a ‘joy’ as a team-mate.

Morelos scored 29 goals for the Gers last season, 14 of them coming in the Europa League, and Halliday hopes that reliance on El Bufalo is reduced after Steven Gerrard strengthened his squad over the summer.

BRAGA, PORTUGAL - FEBRUARY 26: Andy Halliday of Rangers FC looks on prior to the UEFA Europa League round of 32 second leg match between Sporting Club Braga and Rangers FC at Estadio Municipal de Braga on February 26, 2020 in Braga, Portugal.

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The former Gers utility man also jumped on the “discipline problem” bandwagon – despite Morelos being far from the worst offender in the Scottish Premiership.

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“I was confident last season, but obviously we fell short,” Halliday told BBC Sportsound.

“We did rely too much on Alfredo to score goals, but the squad has been strengthened.

“Everyone knows he’s a maniac, but as a team-mate, he is a joy. He is just full of carry on – always just trying to wind people up.

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“But, when balls are kicked, it is 100% commitment. He’s got his faults with the number of yellow cards, there is a discipline problem, but it is a fine line with Alfredo because a big ingredient to his success is that fire within him.

“He is a loveable character. I know a lot of the boys at Rangers appreciate him as a person and what he brings to the team.”

There’s no doubt how important Morelos has been to Rangers over the last few seasons but hopefully, the arrivals of Cedric Itten and  Kemar Roofe eases that a bit.

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It was telling last season that Rangers’ form fell off a cliff when the Colombian wasn’t available to play and it played a big part in the post-Xmas collapse.

With four games under their belt so far this season – and not a booking to be seen – there might be a few people ending up looking a bit daft as they continually chirp on about discipline problems.

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