Jermain Defoe thinks the “future is bright” for Alfredo Morelos at Ibrox after he scored his 20th European goal for the club against Lincoln Red Imps – but insists comparisons with Rangers icon Ally McCoist aren’t fair on the Colombian.

Morelos closed to within one goal of McCoist’s club-record 21 European goals with his double in Gibraltar, leading Steven Gerrard to say the pair can’t be mentioned in the same breath yet.

Rangers v Coventry GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 25: Steven Davis and Jermain Defoe of Rangers are seen prior to the pre season friendly match between Rangers and Coventry City at Ibrox Stadium on July 25, 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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Defoe thinks Morelos still has a “long way to go” to be in the same bracket as McCoist but is confident he can keep scoring for Gerrard’s side after netting 29 times last term.

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“I can understand the manager here not wanting to compare Alfredo to Super Ally who is THE legend. He has a long way to go, he’s still a young lad and I don’t think it’s fair on him if you compare him to Ally McCoist,” Defoe said, as quoted by The Scotsman.

 

“Everyone knows Alfredo has potential, I’ve said it many times since I have been here, how much he has impressed me. I have been around a lot of young forwards in my career and Alfredo is someone who wants to score goals.

“He gets into the right areas, is aggressive and has that appetite and hunger that I love seeing. He is always going to score goals but to get that European record would be unbelievable. The future is bright for Alfredo and hopefully he can score a few more goals for us here.”

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Lincoln Red Imps v Rangers: UEFA Europa League Second Qualifying Round GIBRALTAR, GIBRALTAR - SEPTEMBER 17: Alfredo Morelos of Rangers scores his team's fifth goal during the UEFA Europa League second qualifying round match between Lincoln Red Imps and Rangers at Victoria Stadium on September 17, 2020 in Gibraltar, Gibraltar.

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Morelos is likely to start this weekend’s Scottish Premiership clash with Hibs after an injury to Kemar Roofe in midweek and El Bufalo looks to be playing with a smile on his face.

With the transfer window open until October 5, Morelos could still depart in the short-term but, hopefully, he sticks around a bit longer and helps fire the Gers towards 55 and another shot at the Europa League group stage.

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