Alfredo Morelos may have been warned to up his performances or miss out on a big move away from Rangers in the summer, according to Alan Hutton.
The former Gers defender and lifelong fan at Ibrox, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested someone had been in the 24-year-old’s ear in a bid to get him back firing on all cylinders.
The Colombian hitman struck twice against Aberdeen last weekend to make it three goals as many games and take his total tally for the season to 10.
Speaking to the Daily Record after the 2-1 win, Steven Gerrard revealed he had noticed something had “changed” in the striker’s demeanour on the pitch and around the training ground.
Hutton has suggested someone may have warned Morelos that his performances during the second half of the season would not only impact his game time at Ibrox but potentially scupper his hopes of a move.
Asked if he also saw something different about Morelos, Hutton told Football Insider: “I think so, his whole demeanour’s different, his body language has changed.
“It could be anything, whether somebody has said to him: ‘Look, if you don’t up your game, one, you won’t be playing at Rangers, and two, you won’t get a move,’ so you’re not really helping anybody in the situation you’re in.
“So maybe something needed to change and it’s a shame to say that about a player because you just expect everybody turn up and give 100 per cent always, but it’s been a difficult season for him.
“It’s just good to see him come out of that now, I was going to say playing with a smile on his face but he never really does that!
“There’s so much competition now for places that you’re going to have to be on top of your game if you want to stay in the team.”