By Noel Whelan

11th Sep, 2020 | 1:19pm

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Noel Whelan has tipped Alfredo Morelos to struggle in the Premier League if he leaves Rangers for England this summer.

The former Leeds United striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, believes there is no way the 24-year-old would replicate his prolific record in Scotland were he to move south of the border.

As revealed by Football Insider, newly-promoted side West Brom have made contact with the Gers over a possible transfer deal for the Colombia international.

Morelos hit 29 goals in 47 appearances for Rangers last season and has scored a total of 79 times for the Glasgow giants to date.

However, Whelan believes the striker would be seriously tested both physically and mentally in England and questions whether he could live up to expectation.

Whelan told Football Insider: “Look, there’s a question mark over any striker that comes to England whether they can do it because the English league is the toughest league in the world.

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“Whatever you’ve done in Italy, whatever you’ve done in Spain, whatever you’ve done in Scotland, whatever you’ve done in France, it’s not the same, you’ve probably got a few teams in those leagues that are competition for you.

“It would be interesting to see how he adapts. First and foremost, will he be prolific? No he will not, I’d be very surprised if he scores 20 goals in the Premier League, Morelos, it’s a different kettle of fish.

“It will test you mentally and it will question whether you are good enough at times when you play against certain sides. That is the biggest hurdle you’ve got to come over.

“You’ve got to keep your faith in yourself and your ability, you’ve got to put a bad performance behind you because you don’t have time to feel sorry for yourself.”

In other Rangers news, Alan Hutton claims Steven Gerrard could fill a gaping void at Ibrox with a 24-year-old.