Steven Gerrard admits Rangers star Alfredo Morelos has had his head turned by the transfer speculation surrounding him.

The striker had agreed personal terms with Lille but no bid has matched the Ibrox club's valuation of the Colombian.

Morelos struggled to make an impact against Bayer Leverkusen in the 1-0 defeat that saw his side crashed out of Europe, and Gerrard has urged him to remain focused.

But he knows that the rumours surrounding him have made him look elsewhere and Gerrard insists he's only focused on players who are happy at the club.

The Ibrox gaffer was clearly frustrated at the circus surrounding Morelos but insists he isn't critical of his performance because the whole team was poor.

He told BT Sport: "I can't control what goes on outside. Everyone knows he's had his head turned, for sure. There's no denying that. My focus is on the players who want to be here, my focus is on St Mirren.

"If a bid comes that the board like and are interested in, and the player tells me face-to-face that he wants to go then we'll see what happens.

"Alfredo is professional enough to try and block the noise out.

"He hasn't had the best of games tonight but we haven't had as a team either. There's certainly no fingers pointed at anyone, we gave it our best shot and unfortunately we feel short.

"We all have to improve, there's certainly no finger pointing tonight at anyone's performance but Alfredo needs to remain focused."

Rangers have brought Cedric Itten and Kemar Roofe in as strikers and Gerrard has praised the board for backing him.

And he insists it is a show of faith because of the efforts they've put in over the last two seasons.

He added: "The board and myself are on the same page, we understand we need to keep improving, keep getting the players who are in help and keep trying to push together for success so we're on the same page. The backing has been there for sure.

"I think we've earned that backing from what we've done in Europe. We've done really well for the club so that works both ways. We're really ambitious, we're hungry. We'll learn from tonight, pick the bones out of it because there was a lot of things we can improve on and we'll come back stronger."