Rangers were empathetic in their dismantling of Royal Antwerp last week and Brian Laudrup was amazed by Alfredo Morelos.

The Colombian has made a big impact since his return from suspension and the former Ger almost ran out of superlatives for the frontman.

Many Rangers players impressed in the 9-5 aggregate win, but Morelos stood out most for Laudrup.

Writing in his Daily Mail column (p.93, 02/03), via Glasgow Live, he said: “I wonder if Royal Antwerp’s defenders have stopped having nightmares about Alfredo Morelos yet.

“Five days might not be long enough for them to recover from the experience.

“Everyone has been looking for adjectives to describe how Morelos performed in the last round of the Europa League. Steven Gerrard called him ‘unplayable’ and ‘sublime’. I’ll go for ‘absolutely phenomenal’.

“Across both legs of the tie, he produced two of the best performances of his entire career.”

Super Alfredo

Morelos has played a little bit of a different role this term as we have become less reliant on him for goals.

However, his recent absence coincided with poor performances against Hamilton and Kilmarnock, games which showed how much we need the 24-year-old.

He was very impressive in Europe, as Laudrup says, but we think the Dane may be exaggerating a little by saying they were his best ever games.

After all, Morelos only scored once over the tie and that was put on a plate for him by Ryan Kent.

The striker simply had to strike the ball into an open goal.

We think there is more to come for Morelos too, and he will be key against Slavia Prague.

He is such a handful for defences and if he makes himself a nuisance once more the likes of Joe Aribo and Kent should be able to take advantage.

Morelos held the ball up well last Thursday and allowed his teammates to play off him.

His two assists and four key passes show how clinical he was, and he was rewarded with a WhoScored rating of 9.5.

In other Rangers news, BBC Sport have detailed an update on Nathan Patterson ahead of Rangers’ clash against Livingston.

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