EbeneMagazine – GB – Steven Gerrard sends message to Alfredo Morelos as Rangers boss admits ‘I don’t know’ what’s going on in his head

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Amateur psychology aside, the Rangers boss struggles to understand why a proven prolific shooter can find the back of the net 29 times last season, so offer a paltry return of just five to now this campaign

Add to that the fact that two of those strikes came against part-time Lincoln Red Imps players during Europa League qualifying and the Rangers boss is doing nothing

Morelos has gone from Gerrard’s man of choice for goals to whether he deserves a game

But the Englishman asked Colombian critics to look at the bigger picture when assessing the striker’s contribution

He said: « I don’t know what’s going on in his head – I wish I had done it I think you have to appreciate what Alfredo brings to the team

« You guys in the media judge it by goals, numbers and records, which is good You’re doing your job

« But I judge Alfredo on what he gives the team in possession and out of possession Do the players want him in the squad?

« Do they feel like they need him? » Does it help in different ways? Of course we all want goals and that’s a big part of his job

« But just because he’s not on the scoresheet doesn’t mean he hasn’t done the job for the team or that we’re not happy with the job he has given »

Gerrard will make adjustments to the squad that scored a superb Europa League victory over Standard de Liège in this afternoon’s test against Livingston at Ibrox

Man of the moment Kemar Roofe and Cedric Itten both snore to start

But the Gers boss insists that the competition has shifted Morelos from the player who assumed the responsibilities of attack in the last quarter to the one who takes his turn on the bench

He said: « I make decisions about different things and of course the goals are part of it

« It’s up to Alfredo to get back in the goal as we are certainly giving him chances

« This is not a case where I’m afraid he won’t get the service Alfredo has to keep his head down, keep working hard and believe the goals will come I’m confident they will

« But he won’t play every game It’s my job to get him in and out at the right time and pick the right time to put him down »

One player who drew attention to European duty on Thursday night was Calvin Bassey, 20

He came off the bench to replace injured Borna Barisic and excelled both defensively and as an attacking threat on the left

The ex-Leicester City kid is in line to replace the Croatian against Livi and Gerrard believes he has a rough diamond on his hands he aims to polish in the coming months

The Gers boss said: « Calvin was a plus and I think the fans will be very happy with his performance – they will be really proud of him

« He came at a tough time and in a tough game on tough ground when conditions were really tough He played with maturity We trust Calvin I know he’s young and not yet mature in professional terms

« We need to polish it But it’s a rough diamond and its attributes mean it has a big role to play

« We will not hesitate to place it in matches at the start or in matches when it is

« He has shown us every day that he wants to be here and that he is hungry

« I’m really happy for him It’s a great time for him and he just needs to keep building on his performance »

The other side of the coin for Rangers in their Europa League exploits is a Thursday-Sunday schedule and Gerrard admits that trying to achieve consistency and dealing with the current Covid-19 crisis are the biggest obstacles to come

He said: « It’s a really tough time for everyone at Rangers and other clubs in the league with Covid

« But so far everyone has done their best to follow the rules and regulations, and do as we were told

« The players are well positioned but all we have done is have a good start to the season. I have been very happy with what the players have given so far, but we know it is is the beginning

« It’s all about consistency and trying to stay where we are now for as long as possible

« We have to be prepared, when things don’t go the way we want, that we are not too low – and that we are not too high when we have a high moment

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EbeneMagazine – GB – Steven Gerrard sends message to Alfredo Morelos as Rangers boss admits « I don’t know » what’s going on in her head



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