Steven Gerrard responds to Palace link for in-demand Rangers star

Alfredo Morelos, Borna Barisic

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has told Alfredo Morelos he is going nowhere in January in the wake of transfer speculation linking the Colombian with Crystal Palace.

The hot-shot again put himself in the shop window as he extended his haul for the season to 20 goals with a double in the Light Blues’ 3-0 Betfred Cup semi-final win over Hearts.

The 23-year-old said last week he might potentially be open to a move to a “much better and more competitive league” come the winter transfer window.

But Ibrox boss Gerrard insists that will not be happening.

Speaking after booking his first cup final appearance as a manager, Gerrard told BT Sport: “I’m 100 per cent sure he is not going anywhere.”

Morelos has fired six goals in his last five games and his boss wants to see that hot streak continue for the striker who has, in the past, also been linked with Borussia Dortmund.

“I think as far as I’m concerned and Alfredo’s concerned, we just need to work towards 21,” he said in the post-match press conference.

“I’m sure secretly he will have his own targets which I know all forwards do.

“He’s in great form, he’s smiling and he’s happy and he’s producing for his team. He’s contributing heavily and that’s the reason we are so happy to have him.

“We had great back-up today. You can see why we paid the money for Ryan Kent, why we were so desperate to get him in. He’ll get better and better.

“Ryan Jack was like a man possessed again and defensively we were solid, so I’m very happy with how all departments of the team worked today.”


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Gers dominated the Jambos from start to finish at Hampden but had to wait until the stroke of half-time to take the lead through centre-back Filip Helander.

Morelos then doubled their tally 90 seconds into the second period before adding another after 63 minutes.

The victory now sets up an Old Firm showdown on December 8 as the big two meet in the final of a competition for the first time since 2011.

Gerrard will hope to break the Hoops’ stranglehold on Scotland’s domestic prizes when he walks out at the National Stadium next month. But he insisted the spotlight should not be on him.

He said: “I’m delighted to get through, I thought the performance was very strong. I don’t think anyone can say we don’t deserve to be in the final.

“The final will be quite an occasion. There will be plenty of time to speak about it and who it’s against. But today is all about Rangers and us performing ever so well and the lads should enjoy it.

“Listen, it needs to be about the players, it shouldn’t be about me after a performance like that. The players deserve all the credit.”