Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has bigged up Alfredo Morelos ahead of his side’s Europa League qualifier against Willem II, as quoted by the Glasgow Times.

The Gers are two wins away from reaching the competition proper for the third consecutive season but will be tested in Tilburg on Thursday night.

Willem II v Heracles Almelo - Dutch Eredivisie
Vangelis Pavlidis is set to be a big threat for the hosts. (Photo by Geert van Erven/Soccrates/Getty Images)

Willem II kept clean sheets in their recent fixtures against Progres Niederkorn and Heracles Almelo while scoring freely at the other end of the pitch.

Gerrard is backing Morelos to breach the home side’s defences, though.

“I think Alfredo has been excellent in this competition for us so far,” he said, as quoted by the Glasgow Times. “We know he is a real threat. As a team, we have to supply him with the right service. But he is definitely capable of playing well at this level because he has done it numerous times.

“He is really excited about playing in Europe. He knows for himself that he has to perform if he is selected to play at this level.

“He knows there are a lot of eyes on him. There is a big demand from myself, the coaching staff and his teammates because we put a lot of responsibility on him.”

Gerrard is looking to Alfredo Morelos to produce once again for Rangers in the Europa League in the qualifier against Willem II. (Photo by Octavio Passos/Getty Images)

Rangers boss Gerrard bigs up Alfredo Morelos ahead of Willem II clash – Verdict

El Bufalo’s form has been very mixed so far this season amid continuous speculation surrounding his future.

He has looked more like his old self in front of goal in the last two matches, though, netting a brace against Lincoln Red Imps before scoring at Easter Road at the weekend.

Despite the club’s investment in new attackers this summer, he still looks to be the best out-and-out striker at the club when he’s on song and as Gerrard pointed out, his record in Europe has been superb over the last few seasons.

The Colombian international is now just a solitary goal behind Ally McCoist’s European record, largely thanks to his remarkable returns during the group stages last season, and if he breaks it at the Koning Willem II Stadion, Rangers have every chance of progressing.

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