By Noel Whelan

10th Aug, 2020 | 4:00pm

Ibrox Exclusive: Pundit hails Gerrard for 'Roasting' of Rangers player

Noel Whelan hailed Rangers boss Steven Gerrard for the way he has handled Alfredo Morelos after the Colombian silenced his critics with a brace against St Mirren.

The former Leeds United and Aberdeen forward, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, insisted that the 24-year-old is too good to be left out and proved that on Sunday.

The Gers made it two wins from two in the Scottish Premiership with a 3-0 victory over St Mirren yesterday and Morelos grabbed two goals and an assist.

Earlier in the week, Gerrard had claimed that his star striker’s head had been turned amid interest from Ligue 1 side Lille and revealed that he had held a private meeting with him regarding his form.

Whelan was adamant that the meeting was behind Morelos’ man of the match performance last weekend.

“As a manager you look for a reaction from a player when you have given him a bit of a roasting and Steven got that,” he told Football Insider.

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“They had a one-to-one meeting, it has been done the right way.

“You cannot afford to leave a player like that out, regardless of the transfer speculation. Morelos has shown that mentality and proved a point.

“That is what you want as a manager, that reaction. It is very easy for a player to say, ‘Whatever. I am not bothered. I want to move.’ But he has gone out and shown his manager and teammates respect with a brace.”

Football Insider revealed last month that the Gers were in advanced talks to sell Alfredo Morelos to Lille in a deal worth around £17million.

Since then the Glasgow giants have signed two strikers – Kemar Roofe and Cedric Itten have both penned four-year deals at Ibrox.

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