By Ray Livingstone

19th Feb, 2021 | 7:00pm

Gerrard lauds Rangers talisman after Europa League comeback

Steven Gerrard waxed lyrical about forward Alfredo Morelos after Rangers came back from being a goal down on two occasions to beat Antwerp 4-3.

Borna Barisic’s dramatic 90th-minute penalty secured a crucial away win for Gers in the first leg of the Europa League Round of 32 tie.

The Croatian converted another spot-kick in the 59th minute, while Joe Aribo and Ryan Kent scored the other two goals.

Despite not finding the back of the net, Morelos registered two assists on the night, and his movement off the ball was a constant thorn in Antwerp’s side.

In the post-match interview, as quoted by Glasgow Live, Gerrard singled out the centre-forward for a selfless display that led to Rangers securing a famous away European victory.

He said, “Really pleased with his performance.

“His hold up play was good, switching the play, being a constant menace, taking shots on.

“He did everything tonight but get on the scoresheet but that’s a good thing for me because he’ll be desperate to get on the scoresheet at the weekend and next Thursday.”

Morelos capable of everything on the pitch

Morelos may have not added to his tally, but his performance on Thursday night shows just how much he brings to the side other than the raw goal numbers.

We’ve got a phenomenal talent on our hands – one who isn’t fazed by the big occasions.

With the chips down and the team in desperate need of some creativity up front, he stepped up and assisted twice to help win us the game.

So far this term, he’s already scored on 11 occasions and has assisted seven times in 31 games across all competitions.

From the looks of it, he’s getting to be a more rounded player with each passing game and is one of the main reasons why we’re so far ahead of the chasing pack in the league.

Critics can carry on talking about his temperament. We’ll carry on enjoying what he does for us.

In other Rangers news, Michael Stewart delivers verdict on 4-3 win v Royal Antwerp