Jonatan Johansson comments on Rangers star Alfredo Morelos

Kyle Lafferty of Rangers remonstrates with referee Steven McLean after Alfredo Morelos of Rangers lis given a second yellow card during the Scottish Ladbrokes Premiership match between...

Glasgow Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos is a key player for Steven Gerrard’s Ibrox side.

Alfredo Morelos of Rangers leaves the field after a second yellow card during the Scottish Ladbrokes Premiership match between Rangers and Aberdeen at Ibrox Stadium on December 5, 2018 in...Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos

Former Ibrox star Jonatan Johansson has revealed to The Scottish Sun that Aki Riihilahti told him that Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos was better than ex-Celtic forward Teemu Pukki.

Pukki joined Celtic from German club Schalke in the summer of 2013 for a transfer fee reported by Sky Sports to be worth £3 million.

The 28-year-old Finland international striker struggled to make an impact at Celtic Park and moved to Brondby in the summer of 2014.

The forward is now playing for Norwich City in the Championship in England, and has scored 11 goals and provided two assists in 17 league games for the Canaries so far this season, according to WhoScored.

 

Rangers signed 22-year-old Colombia international Morelos from HJK in the summer of 2017 for a transfer fee reported by Sky Sports to be worth £1.5 million.

Morelos has scored nine goals in the Scottish Premiership and two in the Europa League for the Gers so far this season, according to WhoScored.

Pukki played for HJK during the 2010-11 season and earned the move to German club Schalke.

Johansson, who played for Rangers from 1997 until 2000, has revealed that HJK CEO Riihilahti told him in 2016 that Morelos was better than Pukki.

Alvaro Gonzalez of Villareal battles for possession with Alfredo Morelos of Rangers during the UEFA Europa League Group G match between Rangers and Villarreal CF at Ibrox Stadium on...

“It was towards the end of the season in Finland, September or October 2016,” Johansson told The Scottish Sun. “I went to see HJK in my assistant role with Finland to scout some of the Finnish players. I was a guest of their chief executive Aki Riihilahti, who I know well after we played together.

“Finnish football is slow and tactical. There’s no quick tempo and if you lose the ball you get back in position. It’s hard to compare and it’s really hard to scout there because of that. But Aki said Alfredo was better than normal.

“He’d had Teemu Pukki and said he was better than him, more robust. You could see he was totally different to Finnish players. He used his body really well.”

Teemu Pukki of Norwich City  during the Sky Bet Championship match between Norwich City and Rotherham United  at Carrow Road on December 01, 2018 in Norwich, England.

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