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Noel Whelan has been left raving over the transformation of Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos from a “petulant” forward to “a man” showing the required professionalism at Ibrox.

The former Leeds United and Aberdeen striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says it is a credit to both the Colombian hitman and manager Steven Gerrard for the manner in which the 23-year-old has rid himself of his indiscipline this season.

The South American star has already netted 22 goals across all competitions during the 2019/20 campaign, while he has just five yellow cards and not a single red in his 26 appearances for the Light Blues.

Having seen Morelos on the wrong side of the officials all too often last season, Whelan says the Ibrox favourite has bucked up his ideas and become the mature goal scorer Gerrard needed.

Whelan told Football Insider: “He just can’t miss at the minute, can he? When you’re in a goalscoring form and a confident mood like he is, you believe you can score in every single game you go out in and that’s exactly what he’s doing.

“He’s got the right attitude this year, Steven Gerrard is getting the best out of this player that last year was petulant and like a spoilt child on the field. Getting sent off for silly little things, getting riled up – just petulance. 

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“This year he’s got a man playing football, a man who’s doing exactly what’s needed, showing that professionalism, doing it for the team and himself. It’s a different Morelos out there and credit has to go to the manager and the player for buying into what Stevie’s doing.”

Last season saw Morelos booked 16 times and shown five red cards, with further suspensions picked up by the Colombian for retrospective action taken by the officials.

He has a total of 70 goals in 117 appearances, although he is yet to find the back of the net against fierce rivals Celtic.

In other Rangers news, Paul Robinson has lauded a brilliant player who can’t get into the starting XI at Ibrox.