Defoe: Future is Bright for Alfredo

JERMAIN DEFOE was delighted to see his teammate Alfredo Morelos net two goals against Lincoln Red Imps last night to take his European tally for Rangers to 20 - and he reckons the Colombian striker will only get better.

Since joining the Light Blues in the summer of 2017, 24-year-old Morelos has bagged 81 goals in 144 competitive appearances – 22 from the bench - and his impressive European haul takes him to within one of Ally McCoist’s record total of 21 for the club.

Like Steven Gerrard, however, Defoe believes it is wrong to compare El Bufalo to Super Ally, Rangers’ greatest ever goalscorer, even if Morelos has a similar insatiable desire to find the net that McCoist had during his trophy-laden 15 years at Ibrox.

Defoe said: "Everyone know that Alfredo has got potential and I've said it many times since I've been here, he has really impressed me.

"He's scored goals, he gets into the right areas, he's aggressive and that sort of appetite and hunger is something I love seeing.

"He is always going to score goals and the record is unbelievable, but I can understand the manager not wanting to compare him to Super Ally, the legend.

"He's got a long way to go. He's a young lad and I don't think it would be fair on him to be honest if you compare him.

"I remember when I was younger people used to compare me to Ian Wright and for me it was so strange because I loved Wrighty as a kid.

"So when people used to compare me to him I used to think 'that's a bit mad, you shouldn't be doing that sort of thing' because these are people you look up to and that paved the way, and you want to get to that sort of level.

"But the future is bright for Alfredo and hopefully he can score many goals for us."

So did Defoe find it tough being compared to Arsenal legend Ian Wright? He answered: "I loved it because I loved Wrighty, so as a young kid you can imagine.

“For me, the way I looked at it was that it helped me and I was confident. I was also lucky enough that when I signed for West Ham I had Wrighty in the building.

"I was a kid but I was like a sponge and I just wanted to take everything from Wrighty. I stayed behind every day after training and wanted to learn.

"To be fair in this [Rangers] squad all the young players have got great appetites. They all want to learn, they work hard, they stay behind and they ask loads of questions, so it's a bright future for a lot of the players here."