Steven Gerrard reckons Alfredo Morelos could have hit a hat-trick against Hibernian as striker inspires Rangers to Premiership win

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STEVEN GERRARD reckons Alfredo Morelos could have had a hat-trick against Hibernian as the striker grabbed the headlines at Easter Road.

Morelos proved to be the goal hero for Rangers as his second half strike extended their unbeaten Premiership run and moved them another step closer to the title this term.

Gerrard wouldn’t be drawn on a first half incident that saw Morelos escape punishment for appearing to stamp on Ryan Porteous after a duel with the defender.

But the Ibrox boss was delighted with the all-round showing from the striker on a night where he should have taken his tally beyond eleven for the campaign.

Gerrard said: “I haven’t had time to look at any of the incidents from the game.

“I remember a few from both sides – but I’d rather talk about the performance and the level of it.

“It was another fantastic team goal. Alfredo will deserve the credit for finishing it off.

“I took him off at the weekend to have him really fresh for tonight because I knew he’d have to do a lot of running.

“I knew we weren’t coming here to play a technical game. We wanted to really find the space and when we got into the final third then show our quality.

“I’ve just given a little bit of my gameplan away there but the lads went out and executed it extremely well.

“But I think we deserved that team goal because of the application we’ve given to the game.

“Yes [Alfredo could have had a hat-trick]. I’m always looking for the little details to improve on.

“We had another couple of really good chances. He was a little bit slow to get the second one off.

“He had one cleared off the line. Joe Aribo had a chance to really drive into the box and score, so over the course of the game we’ve had the best chances.

“We were the team really looking likely to go and win it. This was a tough fixture.

“People on the outside would have looked at it as one were we could have a bit of a bump but our performance deserved what we’re taking away from here tonight.”

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