By Noel Whelan

18th Oct, 2021 | 1:57pm

Morelos has had 'head turned' as Gerrard digs at Rangers star - Whelan

Noel Whelan has insisted Steven Gerrard is “well within his rights” to criticise the performances of Rangers star Alfredo Morelos.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the 25-year-old “might well have had his head turned” by interest in the summer window.

Gerrard, as quoted by the Scottish Sun after Rangers drew 1-1 against Hearts on Saturday (October 16th), said Morelos hasn’t been “at his best” this term and suggested he will need to “sharpen him up” to induce a return to form.

The former HJK Helsinki ace has netted just twice in the league this season.

Football Insider revealed in July that Rangers had set a £13million asking price for Morelos amid interest from Porto.

Speaking to Colombian outlet Caracol Radio last month (September 1st), the striker insisted he is “happy” at Rangers, but is hoping to be given an opportunity to move on to pastures new “soon”.

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Whelan hoped Morelos can take Gerrard’s constructive criticism well, branding his scoring record this term as “not good”.

“He might well have had his head turned, and he’s not putting in the performances,” he told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury.

“Steven Gerrard isn’t afraid to point that out to him.

“He’s been the catalyst for them for years now, leading the line to be the top scorer every season.

“But for one reason or another, it’s not happening at the moment for him.

This last ten games, two goals. For a top striker, that is not a good ratio – especially in a dominant side like Rangers.

“Gerrard is well within his rights to criticise his performances and ask him to chip in more.

I just hope he can take it on board in a positive way.”

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