Frustrated Steven Gerrard tells Alfredo Morelos to ‘channel aggression’


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Rangers manager Steven Gerrard will do everything he can to help Alfredo Morelos develop and has warned the controversial forward he must “channel his aggression”.

Morelos is one of the best strikers in the Scottish Premiership, scoring more goals than any other player in the top flight this term, with 15 in 23 appearances following his brace against Aberdeen at Pittodrie on Wednesday evening.

The Light Blues ended up winning 4-2 but Morelos was given a straight red card, along with Dons defender Scott McKenna, early in the second half.

It is the fourth time this season that the 22-year-old Rangers forward has been sent off while it was his third red card against Aberdeen this term. Opinion has been divided on Morelos in Scotland after his latest misdemeanour.

His manager has suggested the player must learn to control his temperament if he wants to reach the “next level”.

“For Alfredo to go to the next level, he will have to channel his aggression. But I’m doing everything in my power to help the kid grow as a footballer and as a person,” said the ex-England skipper Gerrard.

“I’m not going to take the physical side away from him because he’ll get bullied out there against some strong physical players. But for people to trust him, he does have to channel it in the right way.”

Rangers travel to Kilmarnock in the Scottish Cup on Saturday and they are 1.73 to win. The home side are 4.33 while the draw is 3.75 at Rugby Park.

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