Rangers icon Brian Laudrup thinks Alfredo Morelos can ‘secure his legacy’ at Ibrox by firing the Gers to 55 this season – and hailed Steven Gerrard’s potential “masterstroke” in the way he’s handled the Colombian.
El Bufalo hasn’t been at his best in front of goal this season and has come in for criticism from some quarters for his performances, although Gerrard has firmly stood by Morelos despite his sparse goal return.
Morelos repaid that faith with both goals in the 2-1 win over Aberdeen that sent Rangers further ahead in the title race and left the Light Blues support counting down the days until they can officially celebrate.
Laudrup hopes this can be the start of a “renaissance” for Morelos and the Danish legend insists “so much prise” would need to go to Gerrard for his management of the temperemental star.
“His return to potent form could be vital both in terms of driving Rangers over the line in the Premiership and what lies beyond in the summer transfer market,” Laudrup said [Daily Mail].
On a personal level, the chance is now there for Morelos to secure his legacy at Ibrox beyond any dispute.
“What I saw at Pittodrie on Sunday was the Morelos of old. All the elements you want from him were there. He took his goals superbly.
“It needs more than one game, of course, but if this is the start of a real renaissance, then so much praise would have to go to Steven Gerrard. The way he has handled Morelos over recent months could yet prove a masterstroke in management.
“Gerrard is still a young man in his profession. But even much more experienced managers would have been tested by Morelos.
“Great managers always know when to push players and when to put an arm around them. Some players need the stick. Others need the carrot.
“With Morelos, I think he needs both. Gerrard has to tread a fine line to get him in the right frame of mind and that has been a learning process over the past couple of years. He has admitted previously that Morelos is the player on whom he has to devote most time.
Fans were also full of praise for El Bufalo, taking to Twitter to hail the Ibrox talisman after his double in the Pittodrie triumph