Noel Whelan has questioned the timing of Alfredo Morelos’ comments about potentially leaving Rangers.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Aberdeen striker claimed Steven Gerrard will give the striker a behind-the-scenes dressing down.

Morelos revealed to Colombian radio station Caracol that his biggest dream was to play in the English Premier League.

It comes just days before the Bears’ crucial Europa League Round of 16 second leg against Slavia Prague on Thursday.

The tie is finely balanced after Gerrard’s side scored a vital away goal in their 1-1 draw in the Czech capital last week.

Victory over Slavia will see Rangers progress to the quarter-finals of the competition for the first time since the 2007/08 season when they reached the final.

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The 24-year-old has long been linked with a move away from Ibrox and Whelan has insisted his latest admission is an unwelcome distraction.

“They’ve got a huge game,” Whelan told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs. “I’m sure they’ll go through, I’m putting money on it this week.

“You certainly don’t need to be hearing that from your star striker at your football club.

“It’s one for Steven Gerrard to ponder over and I’m sure he’ll be having a few words, as well.

“Strange to come out with something like that on the eve of such a massive match.”

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Morelos has scored 15 goals in 36 games across all competitions this season, including five strikes in the Europa League.

Earlier this term he became the Light Blues’ top scorer in European competitions overtaking club legend Ally McCoist.

In other news, Alan Hutton has claimed Rangers have been handed a huge boost ahead of Thursday’s game as a player’s claim is shot down.