Noel Whelan has hailed Steven Gerrard for Alfredo Morelos’ “stunning” turnaround that is set to have rival clubs beating a path to Rangers’ door.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Leeds United and SPL striker claimed Gerrard must take great credit for helping Morelos eradicate the flaws that were holding back his career.
Morelos was sent off five times last season but has yet to receive a red card in this campaign while banging in 21 goals from 25 appearances.
The Colombia international, 23, netted his 11th European goal of the season last night as Rangers secured a memorable 2-0 Europa League win over Porto on a raucous night at Ibrox.
“Morelos is a top talent and has been for some time, but he was a waste of space at times last season,” Whelan told Football Insider.
“The kid has so much ability but just needed to sort out the mental side. He appears to have made big progress there and Stevie Gerrard must take a lot of the credit.
“He has managed him brilliantly and got the best out of him. He knows Morelos is the key to Rangers making a good season a great one.
“He’s been a big test of his managerial credentials with his disciplinary issues, but it’s one he is passing with flying colours. No wonder Leeds want him if Bielsa leaves.”
This comes after Football Insider revealed last month that Leeds have set their sights on Gerrard as a prime contender to replace Marcelo Bielsa, who is expected to leave if the club fail to secure Premier League promotion.
Rangers are equal on points with leaders Celtic at the top of the Scottish Premiership table and are on course to reach the Europa League knockout stages after last night’s memorable win.