Alfredo Morelos’ former coach at Independiente Medellín has tipped the on-form Rangers striker to be Colombia’s number 9 for years to come.

Former Independiente Medellín manager Dario Sierra handed Morelos his first-ever start in football five years ago and believes the striker has all the attributes to be an international star.

Colombian Sierra also urged Morelos to stay at Ibrox and reiterated Steven Gerrard’s comments about the fact the former Helsinki striker is already at a massive club.

Alfredo Morelos has five caps for Colombia. (Photo by Erwin Spek/Soccrates/Getty Images)

“Alfredo has done so well for Rangers this season,” said Sierra [Scottish Sun].

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“He’s the natural successor to the No.9 jersey for Colombia. He should be our main striker for years.

“And also I agree with Steven Gerrard. Why leave a big club like Rangers? He is happy and scoring goals there. If he keeps scoring goals there, he will eventually start scoring for Colombia too.

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“He is a complete player and now he is proving that.”

 

Sierra also revealed that he had a word with Morelos during the summer about the striker’s disciplinary problems.

Not only was Sierra to the point with how Morelos should approach the issue – which cost him his place at the Copa America – but he revealed that it was all very unlike the 23-year-old.

Dario Sierra coached Alfredo Morelos at Independiente Medellín. (Photo by Gabriel Aponte/LatinContent via Getty Images)

“During his close season, I spoke to Alfredo about his disciplinary problems,” said Sierra.

“The amount of red cards he got actually really surprised me because I know him well and he’s actually very calm. He isn’t even bad-tempered.

“I told him he needed to relax more on the pitch. But the best piece of advice I gave him was to listen more to his manager Steven Gerrard.”

From one coach to another, Dario Sierra is clearly a big fan of the approach Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard is taking with Morelos.

Morelos’ immense form for Rangers has earned him another call-up to the Colombian national team. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

And it’s Gerrard himself who has regularly been singing Alfredo’s praises whilst also being adamant he doesn’t want the 22-goal striker to go anywhere.

That said, the Gers boss does admit that the decision may well be taken out of his hands soon enough [Daily Record].

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