Steven Gerrard admits Alfredo Morelos wants to play in Champions League

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Steven Gerrard admits Alfredo Morelos wants to play in Champions League

The Rangers striker moved past Ally McCoist to end up being the club’s all-time leading scorer in European competition after netting his 22nd goal on Thursday.

Steven Gerrard states Alfredo Morelos is gunning for the Champions League after the Rangers record- breaker uncovered his appetite for goals.

The Colombian has had a lean start to the campaign however moved past Ibrox great Ally McCoist to end up being the club’s all-time leading scorer in continental competition after netting his 22nd strike during Thursday’s 3-3 draw with Benfica.

All those goals have actually come in the Europa League however Gerrard understands the 24-year-old has aspirations to go even greater.

It remains to be seen whether the former HJK Helsinki gunman will satisfy that aspiration with Gerrard’s team after Gers sporting director Ross Wilson admitted last week the club have a contract in place that he can move on if an appropriate quote is gotten.

However for now Gerrard is pleased to see the striker back focused and scoring after a summer of speculation over a possible move far from Glasgow.

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“He was very happy after the game about his record-breaking (achievement),” stated the Light Bluesboss “I think he’s got his appetite back and you can see it in his eyes, he wants to go and score more goals in the competition.

” I understand he’s got dreams and goals of playing in the Champions League one day, which is good for him.

” In regards to where he’s at, the goals are back, the appetite is back, the sharpness is back.

” I do not actually like comparing him to (the Alfredo) of old since it has to do with the now and what he is using moving on.

“But he’s definitely in a better place in terms of his form and how he looks. He’s smiling and seems happy, which is fantastic for everyone connected with Rangers.”

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Gerrard reckoned his team produced among their best display screens under his charge at Benfica’s well-known Arena of Light as they left the hosts in the shade for much of the match.

2 late lapses in Lisbon, nevertheless, cost them success and while Gerrard was disappointed to see a 2-goal lead gotten rid of, and the opportunity to make it 3 triumphes of 3 in Group D, he was pleased with the screen of Steven Davis

The 35-year-old’s contract ends next summer and while there is no rush to go over new terms, the Ibrox manager fasted to load appreciation after another midfield masterclass from the Northern Ireland skipper.

He stated: “There are specific people (with agreements) up at the end of the season and when the time is right we’ll discuss their futures with themin private , if there’s any news we’ll upgrade you on that..

“Steven isin good form I think he has been since we returned from lockdown.

“Davo’s being really, really consistent at the moment and arguably in the best form since we’ve been working together.”

” You constantly question when players are at that age, and they have such a long time off with the lockdown, what are they going to be like when they return.

” However with his professionalism, his mindset and his application, he has come back in amazing shape and he’s built on that, which has revealed in his efficiencies.

“Davo’s being really, really consistent at the moment and arguably in the best form since we’ve been working together.”

Rangers will look to preserve their existing nine-point lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership when they host Hamilton on Sunday– however Gerrard also reckons his team are well put to extend their European campaign beyond Christmas for the second year running.

“I’d have certainly have seven points from nine before a ball was kicked,” stated the Liverpoolgreat “We have actually started ever so well and obviously we have specific remorses from last night that it’s not 9 out of 9.

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” However we have to keep in mind where we were a couple of yearsback We have to remember who we’re contending against and show the group regard.

” 7 points from 9 is a great return. We have actually got a huge game against Benfica in a couple of weeks which we’ll actually look forward to.

” On paper, Rangers v Benfica at Ibrox is savory so we’ll deal with that when it happens.

” We have actually put ourselves in a good position to qualify however we have to finish the task off as soon as possible.

“We had a very interesting game last night but it’s back to domestic responsibilities tomorrow with Hamilton at home and we’re looking to get another three points and build on our good form.”

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