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Arfield backs Morelos to strike back


Alfredo Morelos
Alfredo Morelos

By Gavin McCafferty

Alfredo Morelos will not need the backing of his team-mates to bounce back from his Hampden ordeal, according to Rangers midfielder Scott Arfield.

Morelos missed a penalty and failed to find the net from another eight shots at goal as Rangers fell to a 1-0 Betfred Cup final defeat against Celtic.

The Colombia international has never scored against Celtic in 11 matches but Arfield is confident the 22-year-old will brush off his latest failure.

When asked if they needed to lift Morelos, Arfield said: "Not at all. He has dug us out of so many holes, he is a fantastic football player and a great character. It's one of those things, everybody misses penalties.

"We are fully behind him but I don't think he needs that. He is a character that knows what he's all about, we know what he's all about, the fans know what he's all about. He will bounce back."

The former Falkirk and Burnley player is also confident that the Light Blues will quickly put their painful loss behind them.

Steven Gerrard's men will qualify for the Europa League knockout stages if they avoid defeat against Young Boys at Ibrox on Thursday. They then take on third-placed Motherwell at Fir Park as they bid to maintain their Premiership title push.

"We deserved to win the trophy but the fact is we didn't, so we move on as quickly as possible," added Arfield.

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