Steven Gerrard has backed main man Alfredo Morelos to return to goalscoring form but sent an important message to the striker in doing so.
Morelos, 24, has struggled in front of goal in comparison to other seasons, recording just seven goals in 21 games this term.
Nevertheless, Rangers have been rampant in their form, both domestically and abroad.
A place at the top of the Premiership, as well as qualification from their Europa League group, shows how impressive the Glasgow side have been, and Gerrard is happy with Morelos’ contribution.
Speaking to Clyde radio, the Gers boss underlined his belief in the striker, though he did also reveal an expectation.
“Listen, we want to rely on Alfredo all the time,” Gerrard said.
“Alfredo has to handle that pressure. I have to handle that pressure, we all do. We’re all representing Rangers.
“It’s quite normal for players to have dips in confidence or form. But what you do know is that it’s only temporary and we know he’ll bounce back.
“It won’t be too long before he’s scoring lots of goals and smiling even more than he is now.
“But I think one important thing to mention is that he’s still doing a fantastic job for the team in terms of his hold-up play and the messages we’re giving him, what he needs to do in and out of possession.
“So just because people on the outside don’t see the goals raining in, it doesn’t necessarily mean that we have the same feelings towards Alfredo.
“We’ve been really proud of what he’s given this season.”
Gers dominant even without Morelos goals
It is important for Gerrard to manage expectation and pressure at this point in the season.
We’re in a prime position to win our first league title since 2011, but to do so Gerrard must maintain the confidence of players like Morelos, and squad morale as a whole.
His comments show there is a trust in Morelos and that is imperative if the Colombia international is to return to form.
However, there are some worrying numbers behind Morelos this season. He’s taking an average of 2.89 shots per 90 minutes compared to 4.89 last season. His xG has dropped from 0.7 to 0.1. [WyScout]
However, we’re convinced that Morelos will start hitting form again. You don’t forget how to score goals overnight.
The great thing from Rangers’ point of view is that they’re not reliant on goals from a single player. They’re unbeaten in all competitions this season in spite of Morelos’ form.
In other Rangers news, the club is plotting a move for an exciting 20-year-old who is also wanted by Celtic.