Rangers star Alfredo Morelos has been praised for a ‘magnificent’ Christmas gesture ahead of his side’s big Boxing Day test against Hibernian [Daily Record].

The 24-year-old spent Christmas day in Glasgow with his wife and child, but he still managed to help many less fortunate people back home in Colombia via his foundation.

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Alfredo Morelos has received praise for his latest charitable act. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

El Bufalo‘s organisation distributed presents to over 1000 children in the run-up to the big day and he’s been lauded for his actions.

“To make such a gesture to the children of the area, especially with all the additional hardship that the pandemic has brought, is a magnificent gesture,” said Benedicion de Dios neighbourhood spokesman Brayan Hernandez [Daily Record].

“All the children between the ages of one month old and 11 years old were handed presents with a message saying it was from Alfredo Morelos and his parents. It brought a lot of smiles on the faces of the children.”

It’s the latest of a string of impressive acts carried out either by or on behalf of a player who has had to deal with more than his fair share of negative coverage since his arrival in Scotland in 2017.

His focus will be on footballing matters on Boxing Day, though, with third-placed Hibernian travelling to Ibrox for a Premiership clash.

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Morelos celebrates scoring for Rangers against Hibernian in September. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The Colombia international has only scored seven times this season, with just two goals in his last 16 appearances, so he’ll be particularly determined to contribute in what promises to be a tough fixture.

Morelos scored against Hibs in a 2-2 draw at Easter Road in September and after a period out of the starting XI, in part due to suspension, he’s likely to lead the line.

Here’s our Predicted XI for the 12.30pm kick-off. 

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