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Jermain Defoe say he can be Alfredo Morelos’ role model

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Jermain Defoe say he can be Alfredo Morelos’ role model

Rangers striker Jermain Defoe believes he can act as a mentor and role model to Alfredo Morelos.

The Englishman watched from the bench on Wednesday as the Colombian ran riot against Kilmarnock in the Scottish Cup fifth round.

Morelos plundered four in a 5-0 demolition at Ibrox, with Andy Halliday the other scorer.

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It was a fantastic showing from the striker, brought back into the team after sitting out the 0-0 with St. Johnstone through suspension.


He was clinical, and three of his goals were of high quality – the kind veteran hitman Defoe would be proud of.

‘I can now help Alfredo’

Defoe is now keen to use his vast experience to help Morelos become the best player he can possibly be.

He likened the situation to when he was a youngster at West Ham.

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He said during a press conference: “I remember when I was young at West Ham I had the likes of Ian Wright to help me progress, I hope at this stage in my career I can now help Alfredo. I’ll need a few Spanish lessons but we have a good understanding.

“Morelos has huge potential. He is a goalscorer and someone who wants to score. I believe that appetite is something you are born with, not coached.”

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His four-goal haul against Kilmarnock means he now was 25 across all competitions so far this season, and he looks to be quickly realising his potential.

And with Defoe offering his pearls of wisdom, there’s a good chance his finishing will get even better.

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