By Frank McAvennie

21st Mar, 2021 | 8:00am

McAvennie hails 'magnificent' Morelos - No wonder Rangers fans love him

Alfredo Morelos‘ failure to score against Celtic is a blot on his otherwise sparkling Rangers career.

That is according to ex-Celtic striker Frank McAvennie, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after Rangers bowed out of the Europa League after a 3-1 aggregate defeat at the hands of Slavia Prague.

This site revealed in February that Rangers expect to see Morelos’ value continue to rise beyond the £15million mark as long as they remain in Europe.

However, last night’s exit at the hands of the Czech champions means the club may have to temper expectations when it comes to the striker’s asking price.

Morelos has netted 10 times in 24 league appearances this season as Rangers have sauntered to a first Scottish Premiership title in a decade.

But McAvennie highlights the 24-year-old’s unwanted record of having never scored against Celtic, with the Old Firm clash approaching on Sunday.

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He told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs: “He has now won something which is great for him because he had been there while without winning anything.

“I think he’ll be relishing things right now. The only thing he has not done in Scotland is score against Celtic and I am hoping that run continues at the weekend.

“Other than that he has been magnificent. The Rangers supporters quite rightly hold him in high esteem.”

Morelos has featured 14 times against Celtic, failing to record a goal or assist on any of those occasions.

It is an anomaly compared to his usual strike rate as the forward has bagged 92 goals in 175 appearances since arriving in Glasgow.

In other news, former Scotland manager Alex McLeish has backed plans for Rangers and Celtic’s youth sides to be introduced to the Scottish football pyramid.