Glasgow Rangers manager Steven Gerrard will surely be furious with striker Alfredo Morelos for an alleged stamp on Hibernian defender Ryan Porteous in a recent Scottish Premiership match.
The Colombia international forward scored the winner at East Road but has been charged by the Scottish Football Association after appearing to stand on his opponent.
As with all great players, the Colombian has courted his fair share of controversy over the years. It isn’t the first time Morelos has been in trouble for his bad behaviour on the football pitch, having been hit by a two-game ban from the SFA for a foul on Dundee United’s Mark Connolly.
But, unfortunately for the 24-year-old, the goals have started to dry up this season. The Rangers target man had scored ten goals in 29 appearances across all competitions before his goal against Hibs. By comparison, in his past five games, he’s netted just once.
Former Motherwell defender Stephen Craigan has previously slammed Morelos for drawing attention to himself.
“I just think it was in an area of the pitch that was meaningless, it was a header that Mark Connolly won, it wasn’t going to affect the game, it wasn’t going to hurt Rangers in any way,” he said after the game against Dundee (via Daily Record).
“And all Alfredo Morelos has done is draw attention to himself. And when you look at the pictures, there is very little room to manoeuvre.”
And now, the Rangers striker faces the prospect of a three-match ban following the incident in the midweek win at East Road.
Morelos’ actions have often landed him in hot water with the Scottish football authorities, but it’s what awaits him back at Ibrox that he should be most concerned about.
Gerrard operates with a ‘no excuses’, zero tolerance attitude towards behaviour and discipline, as evidenced by Jordan Jones’ loan exit for Sunderland, and Morelos is no exception, as the Ibrox boss has shown no hesitation in dropping him for past infractions.
Following the arrivals of Cedric Itten and Kemar Roofe, his place in the starting XI has started to come under threat. He has made just ten goal contributions in the Premiership this season behind the likes of Roofe and James Tavernier.
Whilst he may well have initially transformed his fortunes after scoring against Hibs, this latest incident may prove costly, as it could have undone all of his hard work in recent weeks.
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