sport news BRIAN LAUDRUP: Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos must prove he deserves move to a ...

There is a simple truth about the situation surrounding Alfredo Morelos. 

If he really wants to secure a move to a bigger league than the Scottish Premiership, the best way to go about it is by continuing to play like he did on Sunday.

The change in his performance level was obvious. It was like seeing the old Morelos again. Whatever Steven Gerrard said to him in their chat will stay private, but it clearly worked. 

Alfredo Morelos scored his first goals of the season during Rangers' 3-0 win over St Mirren

Alfredo Morelos scored his first goals of the season during Rangers' 3-0 win over St Mirren

We have to give Gerrard credit for that little piece of man-management. It was the kind of thing Walter Smith excelled at during my time at Ibrox.

People began to wonder whether Morelos would start against St Mirren after Gerrard admitted his head had been turned by all the transfer speculation centred around interest from Lille. But his inclusion worked extremely well. 

It looked as though his focus was back and that's clearly vital for Rangers as a team and Morelos individually.

We don't know what will happen next in terms of bids being made, but clubs will be watching how Morelos reacts to everything that goes on around him.

There has been talk of him costing more than £15million or even £20m. Whatever the exact figure might be, spending that amount would be a sizeable financial outlay for a team on the continent.

The Colombian striker scored two quick-fire goals in five minutes to secure three points

The Colombian striker scored two quick-fire goals in five minutes to secure three points

They will be looking into every aspect before deciding to make the kind of commitment that might convince Rangers to sell. 

What is he like off the park? How does he deal with certain situations? What is his injury record like? Can he sustain good form over the whole course of a season?

All these things contribute to a final decision so they will be obviously be studying his performances in the early weeks of this campaign.

Morelos didn't really hit the heights against Aberdeen and then was disappointing against Bayer Leverkusen. After one goal in 13 games, the recent pattern wasn't great.

Sunday was more a case of back to normal. The first touch and the work-rate were there again. Two goals is obviously a satisfying return but it was also the way he linked with the team and provided that focal point.

Morelos has been clear for a long time that he wants to play elsewhere at some stage in his career. That's fair enough and at 24 he maybe feels he is ready now. 

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard had a private chat with Morelos and the Colombian responded

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard had a private chat with Morelos and the Colombian responded

But whether he is near a move or far away from one, he has to keep producing the goods for Rangers.

Gerrard seems to have to got his head back into a better place and concentrating on his main job. Everything else will follow from there.

It's a vital for any good manager to be able to handle players in difficult situations like that. In my own career, I've always said Walter was the master of man-management. Absolutely incredible. 

He knew exactly when to put an arm around you and when to produce the whip. It was like a sixth sense of saying the right thing at the right time.

Jupp Heynckes at Bayern Munich was another I found very easy to approach. He was really good in terms of relating to his players. 

But Walter was really one of a kind in that respect and it was a big contributor to why he was so successful.

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