By Alex McLeish

21st Oct, 2021 | 4:00pm

McLeish: This may be real reason behind Morelos struggles at Rangers after Gerrard dig

Alex McLeish has suggested a lack of competition is behind Alfredo Morelos’ disappointing form at Rangers this season.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Gers boss questioned whether the 25-year-old genuinely fears for his place in the side.

As quoted by BBC Sport (20th October), Steven Gerrard criticised Morelos’ goal record this season and insisted five goals in 15 games is “not enough”.

Gerrard admitted all his strikers need to deliver but insisted

Morelos missed a host of gilt-edged chances in the 1-1 draw with Hearts at the weekend.

McLeish suggested a lack of pressure from his Ibrox teammates may be behind the striker’s indifferent displays.

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Asked why he thought Morelos had failed to impress, McLeish told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “Well, competition. Have you got the fear for your place?

“They’ve got Kemar Roofe there, I felt he really did a lot last year in the winning of the title. He scored a lot of goals across all competitions. You see he does it now and again.

“This is the competition you need at huge clubs. If one of your guys is just slightly off form, then someone can take his place.

“The Hearts game, to all intents and purposes it should have been 1-0. Rangers won enough of those last year to win the title.

“Time and time again, people were questioning how they’d manage a game for the whole 90 minutes.”

Roofe has scored six goals in 12 appearances across all competitions this season.

Meanwhile, summer signing Fashion Sakala has netted just once in 10 games since joining the club.

In other news, Ibrox pundit claims Rangers face another “massive” financial blow after Gerrard confession.