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DEFOE: FUTURE IS BRIGHT FOR ALFREDO

JERMAIN DEFOE was delighted to see his teammate Alfredo Morelos net two goals against Lincoln Red Imps last night to take his European tally for Rangers to 20 – and he reckons the Colombian striker will only get better.

Since joining the Light Blues in the summer of 2017, 24-year-old Morelos has bagged 81 goals in 144 competitive appearances – 22 from the bench – and his impressive European haul takes him to within one of Ally McCoist’s record total of 21 for the club.

Like Steven Gerrard, however, Defoe believes it is wrong to compare El Bufalo to Super Ally, Rangers’ greatest ever goalscorer, even if Morelos has a similar insatiable desire to find the net that McCoist had during his trophy-laden 15 years at Ibrox.

Defoe said: “Everyone know that Alfredo has got potential and I’ve said it many times since I’ve been here, he has really impressed me.

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“He’s scored goals, he gets into the right areas, he’s aggressive and that sort of appetite and hunger is something I love seeing.

“He is always going to score goals and the record is unbelievable, but I can understand the manager not wanting to compare him to Super Ally, the legend.

“He’s got a long way to go. He’s a young lad and I don’t think it would be fair on him to be honest if you compare him.

“I remember when I was younger people used to compare me to Ian Wright and for me it was so strange because I loved Wrighty as a kid.

“So when people used to compare me to him I used to think ‘that’s a bit mad, you shouldn’t be doing that sort of thing’ because these are people you look up to and that paved the way, and you want to get to that sort of level.

“But the future is bright for Alfredo and hopefully he can score many goals for us.”

So did Defoe find it tough being compared to Arsenal legend Ian Wright? He answered: “I loved it because I loved Wrighty, so as a young kid you can imagine.

“For me, the way I looked at it was that it helped me and I was confident. I was also lucky enough that when I signed for West Ham I had Wrighty in the building.

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“I was a kid but I was like a sponge and I just wanted to take everything from Wrighty. I stayed behind every day after training and wanted to learn.

“To be fair in this [Rangers] squad all the young players have got great appetites. They all want to learn, they work hard, they stay behind and they ask loads of questions, so it’s a bright future for a lot of the players here.”

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RANGERS AND CASTORE LAUNCH BESPOKE WOMEN’S HOME SHIRT

RANGERS and Castore are delighted to unveil a bespoke women’s first team home shirt that will be worn during Season 2020/2021.

The shirt has a special alternate print featuring a zig-zag pattern in addition to a bespoke neck style and a fitted shape.

The modern fabric is light, flexible and durable whilst features such as mesh panels have been created to enhance sweat wicking and give players an edge.

Rangers are committed to being at the forefront of women’s football in Scotland and the bespoke shirt design represents a major milestone in the development and professionalism of the women’s game.

DCP is the front of shirt sponsor with Utilita & A Friend design agency also proudly displayed on the back of shirt and sleeve respectively.

Supporters will be able to purchase the shirt from The Rangers Store at Ibrox and from HERE in October.

MANAGER CONFIDENT ON KEMAR

STEVEN GERRARD has provided an injury update as his squad gets ready to face Hibs in the Scottish Premiership at Easter Road on Sunday, and the manager hopes to have Kemar Roofe available for selection.

The 27-year-old striker limped off in the first half of last night’s 5-0 Europa League win over Lincoln Red Imps with a calf problem, and Gerrard insists he did the right thing by not attempting to play on.

Speaking at the morning’s pre-match press conference at the club’s training ground, he also had positive news on Leon Balogun and Alfredo Morelos, saying: “On the back of last night we are very confident that Kemar will pull through.

“We think he has got that really early; he’s just come off with a bit of tightness and I think he’s been really sensible there.

“I said to the players that on that surface, having trained on it the day before, not to be taking any risks, so he has done the right thing.

“So we are confident on Kemar and we have just had an update on Leon Balogun. He’ll clear with the physios today hopefully and he’ll be available as well.

 

“Jack, Aribo and Barker are progressing but won’t be with us for the weekend.”

Gerrard was delighted to see Morelos play the second half against Red Imps and bag two goals, having picked up a nasty gash on his leg in Saturday’s 4-0 league win over Dundee United at Ibrox.

The Colombian now has 20 European goals for the club, and Gerrard was thrilled to see him action last night: “I think that’s a great visual for me all the time, when I see Alfredo smiling, when I see him enjoying his football and when I see him in good shape.

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“We know he is a fantastic goalscorer and I think his goals were different last night, but they were two fantastic finishes.

“He’s in the right place at the right time for the first one, which you don’t coach. I think you are born with that, where you sniff those goals out.

“The second finish he obviously shows his class and his touch, but even before a ball was kicked, just to make himself available. He’s very robust and for a manager he is always there for you.

“I think a lot of players wouldn’t have pulled through with what he had from the weekend, so I’m really pleased for him and it’s great to see him smiling.

“I think he has a real good rapport with the players when he is out there on the pitch but he seems a lot happier in the last few weeks.”

Gerrard believes that Hibs, currently sitting third in the Premiership table, will provide another great test for Rangers on their home patch on Sunday, but the manager feels his players will travel to the capital with spirits high after their terrific start to the 2020/21 season.

He added: “Hibs are a strong team, they are playing with confidence, they are playing with a lot of rhythm in the game.

“They have a good coach so it’s going to be tough challenge for us going to Easter Road, but we are going there with confidence ourselves.

“We are playing well, we are defending well, we’re looking a real good threat going forward, so we are going to Easter Road to attack and to win the game.

“My focus is certainly on us and we couldn’t be in a better place going into it.”

PRESS CONFERENCE | STEVEN GERRARD | 18 SEP 2020

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