'Massive' - Exclusive: Hutton drools over Rangers player who featured v Red Imps

Alan Hutton believes Alfredo Morelos is close to getting back to his best after his return to the Rangers side since the international break. 

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Gers defender and boyhood Bears fan admits he thinks the Colombian striker could make the difference in the club’s Premiership title push this season.

The 24-year-old scored twice after coming off the bench in Rangers’ 5-0 Europa League qualifier victory against Lincoln Red Imps on Thursday after he also featured as a substitute in the league win over Dundee United.

Morelos came on as a substitute on Saturday but was stretchered off with a gashed leg after a tackle from Ryan Edwards.

Hutton, who suggests Morelos “got a shock” from the injury scare, believes the Gers hitman is finally starting to look like the striker who fired his way into the hearts of the Ibrox faithful.

Hutton told Football Insider: “It was a nasty tackle on Saturday, the more I watched it back, it didn’t look great – there was no blood which says to me it must have been quite deep. It looked like he got a shock. 

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“I thought he came on and he looked like the Morelos of old. He looked slimmer, he’s putting himself about, he’s harrying, he’s chasing.

“He looks back to what I know him as being, which is a good sign. Ultimately the situation does need sorting out. I do believe he could be the difference to winning the league and not winning the league. 

“If you can get him firing and scoring goals, if you’re going to keep him, he’s a massive asset for Rangers.”

Morelos has now scored four goals in six games for Rangers this season after he netted a brace against St Mirren in August.

Steven Gerrard is sweating over another of his strikers in Kemar Roofe after the former Leeds man limped off with what appeared to be a calf injury in Gibraltar.

In other Rangers news, a hot prospect has been given the green light to head to Sheffield United ahead of a prospective transfer.