By Kevin Phillips

28th Feb, 2020 | 7:00pm

Rangers Exclusive: Kevin Phillips hits back at new Alfredo Morelos criticism

Kevin Phillips tipped the “suffering” Alfredo Morelos to end his barren run of form in front of goal for Rangers sooner rather than later. 

The former England international, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed every striker has “blips” citing his own career as evidence.

In the first half of the campaign, the Colombia international was in the form of his life and had banged in a remarkable 29 goals before the winter break.

Since January, Morelos has only scored once in eight appearances having also picked up another suspension – this time in the Europa League.

When asked if the new criticism of the Colombian is merited following struggles in front of goal of late, the former Sunderland player told Football Insider: “There is always a slight concern. Especially at this time of the season but the league looks like it is wrapped up.

“Who knows what is going on inside Morelos’ head. I do not even think Gerrard knows what is going on at times. But he certainly knows where the back of the net is.

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“I have had blips in my career where I have gone four, five games without a goal but I would not say it is a concern. You know when he does get back he will get opportunities.

“If we are talking another month down the line and he has still only got one in ten, twelve then you start raising eyebrows but I do not see him suffering anymore.”

It has been a bittersweet month for Steven Gerrard’s side. The Teddy Bears have all but handed the Scottish Premiership to their Old Firm rivals Celtic after dropping 10 points in their last eight games.

However, a 1-0 victory away to Braga on Wednesday will have softened the blow as the Gers progressed to the last 16 of the Europa League for the first time since 2011.

In other Rangers news, Alan Hutton has told Football Insider which teenager has been dazzling Steven Gerrard behind the scenes.