Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos’ goal record against Celtic “will be playing on the minds” of Neil Lennon’s defence on Saturday, according to Noel Whelan.

The former Aberdeen and Leeds United forward, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed that the Hoops defenders “will be desperate” to prevent the Colombian from scoring his first Old Firm goal.

Morelos has made 12 Old Firm appearances for the Gers since arriving from HJK Helsinki in July 2017, but he is yet to score against the Hoops.

This is despite the Colombia international having scored a staggering 82 goals in 149 appearances for the Teddy Bears in all competitions.

Whelan suggested that Saturday’s game at Celtic Park could be the fixture in which Morelos breaks his duck.

“It looks like Morelos is in a better place now,” he told Football Insider.

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“The transfer window has closed so he is not going anywhere. There is nothing he has to worry about concerning transfers.

“This could be the week that he breaks his duck against Celtic.

“He has developed as a person under Steven Gerrard, cutting out the petulance we have seen in the past and hopefully he can concentrate on the game itself. Morelos has played in many derbies so he knows what to expect.

“He cannot let his goal record weigh down on him. It will happen. If he does what is asked by Steven Gerrard, that goal will come. He is a goalscorer. These things do not last forever.

“It will also be playing on the Celtic defenders minds that he has not scored. They will be desperate not to be the ones playing when he does score that first goal.”

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