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Steven Gerrard loves Glasgow Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos' decision to travel

Alfredo Morelos of Rangers is seen during the Pre-Season Friendly match between Rangers and Wigan Athletic at Ibrox Stadium on July 29, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Ibrox side Glasgow Rangers have travelled to Spain, and Alfredo Morelos has joined Steven Gerrard's side, even though he can't play.

15th September 2018, Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow, Scotland; Ladbrokes Premiership football, Rangers versus Dundee; Steven Gerrard manager of Rangers

Steven Gerrard has told the Daily Record that he is delighted with Glasgow Rangers’ striker Alfredo Morelos’ decision to travel to Spain with the rest of the squad.

Rangers are due to face Villarreal later this evening, and Morelos is suspended for the tie.

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The Colombian striker was given the option to remain at Ibrox, but he decided that he wanted to support his teammates.

And Gerrard said: “It’s brilliant and it was Alfredo’s decision. It was optional for a couple of players and one decided to stay, one decided to come.

 

“I’m absolutely delighted he’s come as it shows me he wants to be part of it and cheer his team-mates on.

“The option was to train one on one with a physio or sports scientist or come and support his team-mates and help in a different way. I’m absolutely delighted he’s come.”

Alfredo Morelos of Rangers in action during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Hibernian at Ibrox Stadium on August 12, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Rangers are unbeaten in Europe so far this season, but their match against Villarreal will be a huge test.

The La Liga side are among the contenders to be winning the trophy in May, so Rangers will have to be at their very best to avoid defeat.

Morelos’ absence is undoubtedly a blow for Gerrard, as the striker’s pace could have been vital on the counter, but it is likely Kyle Lafferty will start up-front in his absence.

If Rangers could beat Villarreal then Gerrard will become the first manager in the club’s history to win in Spain.

Alfredo Morelos of Rangers celebrates scoring the opening goal of the game with his team mates during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Hibernian at Ibrox...

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