By Noel Whelan

5th Nov, 2021 | 8:30pm

'Tame' Morelos told to 'stand up and be counted' after latest at Rangers - pundit

Noel Whelan has insisted Alfredo Morelos’ Rangers performances will be “frustrating” for manager Steven Gerrard.

The former Aberdeen striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the 25-year-old needs to “stand up and be counted” as important fixtures mount for the Gers.

Morelos was hooked on 56 minutes last night during Rangers’ 1-1 draw away at Brondby.

The Colombia international put himself on thin ice after receiving a caution just four minutes in and lost possession nine times for the Ibrox side (SofaScore).

As quoted by the Guardian last month (October 20th), Gerrard said it was “quite obvious” that Morelos “isn’t at his best” after his poor form so far this term.

The striker has netted seven goals in 20 appearances so far this season.

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Whelan insisted Rangers will have been looking to the talisman for an “impact” in last night’s crucial Europa League clash.

“His performance last night was very tame,” he told Football Insider‘s Russell Edge.

“These big players are where you expect consistency to come from, and a big game like last night is one where you would have expected Morelos to shine.

“It will be frustrating for Gerrard. You’re on the European stage and that is where your big players need to come and have an impact in a game – and he just didn’t.

“It was a big opportunity for Rangers last night and there are big games coming up in the Scottish Premiership where Morelos needs to stand up and be counted.”

Rangers are level on place with second-place Sparta Prague in Group A with two games remaining.

The Gers are four points clear of Old Firm rivals Celtic at the top of the Scottish Premiership.

In other news, Rangers stars have been dazzled by Ibrox teammate with four starts.