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Romelu Lukaku praises Rangers' Alfredo Morelos after classy gesture


Romelu Lukaku has heaped praise on Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos after his classy act of sportsmanship.

The Colombian striker was on the attack during his side’s win over Royal Antwerp on Thursday, when his marker Jeremy Gelin pulled up with an injury.

Morelos could easily have skipped past the stricken defender with plenty of teammates up in support, while the score on the night was still at 1-1.

However, rather than take advantage of the situation, Morelos slowed up and stopped play to allow Gelin to receive treatment, even though he was already off the field.

It was an impressive gesture from the 24-year-old, in stark opposition to his reputation as one of football’s bad boys, given his troublesome disciplinary record.



Royal Antwerp's Ritchie de Laet (R) thanks Rangers' Alfredo Morelos for his gesture
Royal Antwerp’s Ritchie de Laet (R) thanks Rangers’ Alfredo Morelos for his gesture

Inter Milan striker Lukaku was among the first to give credit to Morelos on social media.

“Fair play to Morelos from Glasgow Rangers,” Lukaku tweeted. “Through on goal and stopping for an injury of the opponent.. great sportsmanship.”

It proved to be a good night for Morelos, who had earlier opened the scoring for Ranger afters just nine minutes, before Lior Rafaelov drew things level on the night.

Rangers had a slender 5-4 aggregate lead at that point, but soon stretched away from the Belgian counterparts.

Nathan Patterson scored immediately after half-time, before Morelos set up Ryan Kent to score following a superb team move.

Antwerp reduced the deficit through Didier Lamkel Ze, but two late penalties from Borna Barisic and Cedric Itten saw Rangers comfortably through.

Steven Gerrard’s side have been making quite an impression in the competition with their free-flowing attacking football.

So much so that Arsenal legend Ray Parlour singled out the Gers as the side he wants his old club to avoid in the next round.

“Well, I wouldn’t want to get Rangers,” he told talkSPORT. “I think for Arsenal that’s a really tricky game.

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Jeremy Gelin lay injured at the side of the pitch after Morelos had stopped play
Jeremy Gelin lay injured at the side of the pitch after Morelos had stopped play

“The way Steven Gerrard is approaching games, going all-out attack – look, they’re conceding, very exciting game against Antwerp but, he’s done the job again.

“Last-16, they [Rangers] will be confident they can go a long way in this tournament.

“I think Manchester United will be favourites, and then you’ve got to look at clubs like Spurs, AC Milan, Arsenal, clubs like that.

“And then obviously Rangers. I wouldn’t want to draw Rangers at the moment.”





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