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Sport Rangers beat Aberdeen as Steven Gerrard shuts down Alfredo Morelos question

18:51  01 august  2020
18:51  01 august  2020 Source:   belfastlive.co.uk

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Steven Gerrard shrugged off questions over Alfredo Morelos' future, as he praised the Colombian for his performance in the win over Aberdeen.

The Rangers striker is the subject of interest from Lille, with a £17m expected from the Ligue 1 side.

Following his side's 1-0 win at Pittodrie the Gers boss was asked by Sky Sports about El Bufalo, and promptly ended the interview, reports the Record.

Gerrard replied: "He was brilliant today, wasn't he?

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"Fantastic. Thanks. He was superb. Cheers."

Before that slightly abrupt end the Rangers boss had plenty of praise for his team, despite admitting they weren't always at their best.

Gerrard explained: "In an ideal world we want to look great in our style all the time, but that's not real. Over the course of 38 games there are going to be passages of play where the opposition put you under pressure and try to take you out of your comfort zone.

"You've got to stay tough, you've got to stay together, you've got to roll your sleeves up and put your body on the line.

"At times we did and I thought Leon (Balogun) epitomised that by going into the post.

a group of football players on a field: Rangers' Ryan Kent (right) celebrates scoring his side's goal © PA Rangers' Ryan Kent (right) celebrates scoring his side's goal

"But you've got to give Aberdeen some credit as well, they never lay down, they always thought they would get back into the game.

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"They pushed us all the way, but this is a big three points and we're up and running now.

"I think players will be getting close to full fitness but you only get full fitness with real games, repeating games and repeating training.

"So I think individually we can all still get better and more tuned-in.

"As I said prior to this game we want to try and add some new faces to make us better and more competitive over 38 games."

Balogun was thrown straight in for his debut and took a sore one when he collided with the post while defending an Aberdeen set piece.

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard shakes hands with Connor Goldson © PA Rangers manager Steven Gerrard shakes hands with Connor Goldson

Gerrard was asked for his opinion on his new signing from Brighton and was effusive in his praise: "Outstanding.

"He's been in the door six days, this is probably one of the toughest away games - on your debut.

"You're only getting used to knowing the players, but from what we've seen prior we had trust in him and he went out and performed.

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"He deserves all the plaudits that come his way, I thought he was outstanding.

"I thought everyone else in the back-five complimented him, clean sheets get you places where you want to go, so we can build on that. That's the way forward."

The match was played without fans - aside from two enterprising Dons who had hired a cherry picker - and the Ibrox boss admits it's not the same with no backing from the stands.

Gerrard said: "I don't think I'll ever be able to stand here and say I enjoyed it.

"I'll enjoy the win of course, my team have just put in a fantastic performance. But from (when I was) a very young boy it was all about the fans for me - going to games, being around the crowds, competing as a player.

"Unfortunately we didn't have the away end with us today but I know they'll be with us back home or wherever they are watching the game.

"But for me fans have to be back as soon as possible when it's safe."

Steven Gerrard in Alfredo Morelos confession as Rangers boss explains decision striker 'will never understand' .
The Ibrox boss insists he was taking no chances with the striker ahead of next week's Premiership opener against Aberdeen. "We don't a lot of options at number nine so I had to be sensible with Alfredo and get him off the pitch," Gerrard told Premier Sports. "I don't need an injury or unnecessary suspension in that area so that's the reason I took him off. © Getty Images Asked directly if Morelos would understand the decision, Gerrard smiled: "Probably not, he never does! He doesn't like coming off the football pitch but I have to think about the team, not individual players.

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