Noel Whelan claims Steven Gerrard will be delighted with the character of Alfredo Morelos after he starred against Lincoln Red Imps just days after he was stretchered off for Rangers.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Aberdeen hitman admits it would have been easy for the 24-year-old to rule himself out of Thursday’s game after he suffered a gashed leg at Ibrox versus Dundee United.

Morelos came off the bench to net twice in Gibraltar as Steven Gerrard’s men strolled to a 5-0 and make their way to the next Europa League qualifying round.

Whelan has applauded the Colombian hitman for pushing through the pain barrier and insists that it shows the sort of character Steven Gerrard will be looking for this season.

Whelan told Football Insider: “Do you know what? I was really happy he did play because it did look bad, you could see the hole in the side of his leg from that nasty challenge but I think that shows a little bit more character and willingness to fight and to be available.

“It could have been very easy to not play, say: ‘Oh, my leg’s sore,’ and not go to Gibraltar to play the game, to sit at home and watch it on the box but no. I like that fact he’s made himself available as he’s got his joy for it with two goals.

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“I think that will please Steven Gerrard as well, someone that’s going to fight and go through a little bit of pain for the club.”

Morelos has been heavily linked with a move away from Ibrox this summer with the likes of Lille having registered their interest.

He has already netted four goals and chipped in with a further two assists in six games this season.

In other Rangers news, Alan Hutton claims that the Gers hold all the cards to sign an attacker from England.