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Gerrard hails Morelos as Rangers progress

The Colombian took the brunt of the blame for the defeat in Sunday's Betfred Cup final after passing up a string of golden chances against Celtic, including a penalty. But Rangers' top-scorer shrugged off the nightmare display to fire the goal against Young Boys that propelled his side into the last 32. Borna Barisic's late own goal denied the Light Blues top spot in Group G and meant they could come up against one of the sides knocked out of the Champions League when the tournament resumes in February. But Gerrard, whose side now go into Monday's draw for the knockout stage, was delighted to see his talisman bury those Hampden ghosts and leap to the top of the Europa League goalscoring charts with his sixth group-stage strike. "I'm not surprised. People asked me about Alfredo yesterday, how he would be affected," he said. "Alfredo is Alfredo. He's a born goalscorer. He's a human being, some days he won't be able to be the hero. "But he's got to be up there as player of the tournament so far. He's scored big goals against top opposition." Gerrard urged his side to blast away the mood of despair hanging over Ibrox following Sunday's devastating Old Firm defeat. They took on that challenge as they bossed the Swiss outfit for 45 minutes. But as the nerves took hold Young Boys were allowed back into the game and Barisic's 89th-minute blunder gave the visitors hope. The tension increased when Ryan Jack was sent off for a second yellow card in stoppage time and he will now miss the first leg of their next tie. But Gerrard said: "It's a fantastic feeling, especially after the last few days."

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