One-time reported £75m striker heaps praise on Rangers counterpart
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One-time reported £75m striker heaps praise on Rangers counterpart

One time £75m striker Romelu Lukaku has heaped praised on Rangers’ Colombian forward Alfredo Morelos for his “great sportsmanship”.

Morelos, 24, was on scintillating form to inspire Rangers to a 5-2 victory over Royal Antwerp but midway through the second half showed another side of his game.

Rangers striker Morelos scored one and set up three others in the 5-2 win over Royal Antwerp. The Colombian was involved in eight goals in total across the tie. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

With Morelos seemingly teeming away on of the Antwerp defenders, Jeremy Gelin, pulls up with an apparent hamstring strain before the Colombian stops play.

With brother Jordan playing – and having an influential role in the match – Romelu Lukaku had one eye on proceedings with that moment standing out.

The powerful Belgian striker – who cost Manchester United the eyewatering fee in 2017 [BBC Sport] – then took to Twitter to congratulate the Rangers star.

Good sportsmanship is clearly something the Inter Milan striker appreciates and Morelos earned his plaudits.

“Fair play to Morelos from Glasgow Rangers,” said Lukaku [Twitter]. Through on goal and stopping for an injury of the opponent. Great sportsmanship.”

Romelu’s brother Jordan would end up on the losing side in Glasgow and in the tie as the Gers romped to a 5-2 victory over the Great Old to reach the Europa League Last 16.

Attention will not turn to today’s draw to see who Rangers will face in the next round with the headlines from yesterday’s tie being stolen by young Nathan Patterson.

,One-time £75m striker Romelu Lukaku, 27, has 23 goals for Inter Milan this season. (Photo by Mattia Ozbot/Soccrates/Getty Images)

Embroiled in off-field Covid-19 drama over the last fortnight, the youngster came on at half-time and changed the tone of the match immediately by making it 2-1 Rangers.

The Ibrox club’s fans are claiming that the player “redeemed” himself in that moment and believe the 19-year-old full-back has worked his way back into the Ibrox reckoning.