Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has praised Alfredo Morelos for playing in last night’s win with stitches in his knee – admitting it impressed him to see the Colombian play three days after a nasty injury.
Morelos was left with a gash on his leg after Ryan Edwards’ horror tackle and Gerrard was delighted with Morelos’ double in the 5-0 win over the minnows, as well as seeing El Bufalo enjoying his football.
The Ibrox boss praised Morelos for putting his “body on the line” ahead of Sunday’s clash with Hibs and believes a lot of players wouldn’t have been willing to play in last night’s game.
“He’s still got stitches in his knee but he played last night and would be available,” Gerrard said, speaking earlier today on the club’s YouTube channel.
“It’s impressive given the injury he’s got. To come through three days after that is fantastic.
“I think it’s a great visual for me to see him smiling, see him enjoying his football. See him in good shape.
“We know he’s a fantastic goalscorer. We know his goals were different last night but two fantastic finishes. He’s in the right place at the right time for the first one, which you don’t coach. You’re born with that.
“The second finish he shows his class and his touch. Even before a ball was kicked, to make himself available he’s very robust. For a manager, he’s always there for you. A lot of players wouldn’t have pulled through with what he had at the weekend.
“Alfredo is someone who will put his body on the line for the club. He will have a rest day today and then be ready for the weekend.”
Morelos could – and probably should – find himself back in the starting XI after Kemar Roofe limped off just before half time against Lincoln Red Imps.
The Colombia international is also now just one goal away from equalling Ally McCoist’s club-record of 21 European goals and you certainly wouldn’t bet against him doing it against Willem II next week.