Glasgow Rangers legend Derek Johnstone believes that Ibrox striker Alfredo Morelos has stepped his game up this season in wake of competition with Jermain Defoe and also looks happier on the pitch (Glasgow Evening Times).
The Colombian has scored an impressive nine goals in nine appearances for Steven Gerrard's charges this term, plus three assists (Transfermarkt) and, between him and Ibrox strike partner Defoe, the two have bagged 15 goals this season, their healthy rivalry up front proving beneficial for the whole team.
Morelos was prolific for Rangers last season but there were doubts over his discipline, while Johnstone noted that there have been times that the 23-year-old looked a bit "sullen" and "grumpy", but watching him this term, that no longer seems to be the case.
"For me, there is no doubt that the competition with Jermain Defoe has taken Alfredo up a level this season because he now knows that he is no longer all-but guaranteed to start," Johnstone told the Glasgow Evening Times. "Last season, he would have felt he would always get the No.9 shirt but now Jermain is proving that he can score goals as well and what a strike force that is for the manager to choose from. The two of them are spurring each other on.
"There have been times in Alfredo’s Rangers career when he has looked a bit sullen, a bit grumpy. But in recent weeks you have seen him play with a smile on his face and he seems to really be enjoying his football right now and his attitude looks to be spot on. Hopefully he can play his part in a really successful season for Rangers."
Rangers are currently on a busy run ahead of the international break, with St Mirren away in the Scottish Premiership on Sunday, the Europa League playoff second leg against Legia Warsaw at Ibrox and next Sunday, the Old Firm derby, where Gerrard and co will hope to strike an early blow against their bitter rivals.
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