RANGERS are today delighted to confirm that Alfredo Morelos has signed a new contract with the club.

The Colombian striker, affectionately known as El Bufalo by the fans, has extended his deal with the Gers until 2023.

22 year old Morelos has been in scintillating form for the Light Blues this season, scoring 28 goals from open play in 41 appearances.

He made his international debut in September 2018 in a friendly against Venezuela, coming on as a substitute to replace Radamel Falcao as Colombia won the match 2-1.

Alfredo Morelos today said: “It did not take me long to agree this extension because my career has progressed quicker and better than I could have expected when I joined this great club.

“I have come to realise just how special Rangers is and what it means to so many people around the world. Also, I feel a strong connection with the fans and they have made me feel special.

“They have been terrific for me and always back me which makes me want to score for them and then celebrate with them. I want to score many more goals for them, Rangers, and the manager, who has helped me so much, before this season ends.”

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard: “It’s always important at big clubs like this one to make sure your top players are secured long term. Alfredo has been excellent for Rangers and his scoring record tells you he is in tune with what we are trying to achieve.

“He is a competitive individual and he is a winner. He is what Rangers needs and it is pleasing that Alfredo feels so much at home with us that he is willing to commit.”

Morelos was joint top scorer last season with 18 goals, netting him the Sam English Bowl, as well as picking up the prestigious Young Player of the Year award as voted for by the Rangers fans.

He joined the club from HJK Helsinki on a three year deal and quickly became a fans favourite.

Morelos began his career at Independiente Medellin in his homeland before moving to HJK, initially on loan, before his move was made permanent at the start of 2017.

His season on loan in the Finnish capital was impressive as he netted 30 goals in 43 games, with four of them coming in the Europa League qualifying round.

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