Alfredo Morelos extends contract at Rangers until 2021

Rangers have been handed a boost ahead of the Old Firm derby at Ibrox on Sunday after Alfredo Morelos signed a new deal that keeps him at the club until 2021.

The 21-year-old Colombian striker joined the Light Blues on a three-year contract last summer from HJK Helsinki and has scored 17 goals in all competitions this season.

Morelos, who was linked with a move to China in January, told the Govan club’s official website: “I am very happy to have signed a new contract with Rangers.

“I know how important the club is in Scotland, how many titles that it has won and how much history that it has. I am really happy here and I am working hard for the team.

“I love it when the fans show their support to me and sing to me. I’m really grateful for their support and want to repay them with performances on the pitch.”

Light Blues manager Graeme Murty, preparing for the visit of Ladbrokes Premiership leaders Celtic, said: “We are delighted that Alfredo has committed his future to the club.

“He is a very talented player and one that we know we can work with to make even better.

“He has a massive opportunity at this club and we feel that he can continue to improve and even realise his international ambitions here at Rangers and help the club to challenge for silverware.”

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