'Massive blow' - Ibrox Exclusive: Pundit claims Rangers ace facing 'Mental barrier' v Celtic

Noel Whelan claims that Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos has a mental hurdle to overcome ahead of the Scottish League Cup final versus Celtic.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Aberdeen and Leeds striker says that the Colombian’s lack of goals against the Hoops may be a psychological issue now.

Despite consistently scoring for Steven Gerrard’s side over the years, Morelos is yet to score in seven games against the club’s fierce Glasgow rivals.

With the Rangers star looking likely to start on Sunday, Whelan says there could be more than just Celtic defenders Christopher Jullien and Kristoffer Ajer to overcome at Hampden Park.

“The question is against Celtic, is it a mental thing now?” Whelan questioned when speaking to Football Insider.

“Sometimes when you get teams that you don’t play well against, you don’t score against, it becomes a mental barrier that you need to break down. 

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“This is a different kind of challenge for him, maybe it’s a mental challenge that he needs to overcome but there’s no doubt Rangers are going to need him firing if they’re going to get anything out the game.

“They’re off the back of dropping two points away at Aberdeen after being 2-0 up, which is a massive blow to their title hopes. Psychologically, what’s that done to the players?”

Morelos has scored 25 goals in 30 appearances already this season, just five short of his 30 strikes in 45 games over the 2018/19 campaign.

He featured for just 30 minutes against Celtic in the first Old Firm meeting of the season, Gerrard starting with Jermain Defoe up front.

In other Rangers news, Alan Hutton claims that one senior Ibrox star will be “raging” after starting the 2-2 draw versus Aberdeen.