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Alan Hutton believes Alfredo Morelos may have “kicked his last ball” for Rangers after he was dropped by Steven Gerrard against Kilmarnock.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Gers and Scotland defender suggests the arrival of Kemar Roofe and Cedric Itten means that the manager is no longer reliant on the 24-year-old up front.

As quoted by the BBC after the win over Killie, Gerrard revealed that Morelos “made it easy” for him to leave the Colombian out of the Gers’ matchday squad completely due to his attitude.

Roofe and Itten both started the 2-0 win at Ibrox and it was the former Leeds man who opened the scoring with his first goal for the club.

Hutton believes that Gerrard has not had the option to drop Morelos in the past and suggests the two new signings may mean the Colombia international is not seen again.

Hutton told Football Insider: “The way everything’s looking at the moment it looks like he has possibly kicked his last ball.

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“We could never sit here and say never but I really think it’s been since January, his performances since then, his goals since then, they’ve hasn’t been great. He started this season again, probably, with a big-money move to Lille in his mind.

“We’ve seen a change in his attitude and that’s probably been the worst of it. His performances have been very up and down, out with the St Mirren performance. 

“That’s the thing, when your attitude’s not great as well, it’s not ideal. Gerrard’s really relied on Morelos over the past few seasons, there’s nobody else there to score the amount of goals that he has.

“Now he’s brought in reinforcements that he can rely on, therefore if your attitude’s not there, you will not play. He’s got competition. This is the problem Morelos has got. Morelos is only harming himself at the moment.” 

In other Rangers news, Hutton has dropped a first-hand exit reveal after new bid tabled at Ibrox.