In Rangers’ recent 4-2 win over Aberdeen, star man Alfredo Morelos hit a first-half double which turned out to be the difference between one point and three for Steven Gerrard’s men.
However, he picked up yet another straight red card, which will have been certain to leave a bitter taste in the Gers supporters and his manager’s mouth despite the result.
Staggeringly, the Colombian international’s dismissal was his fourth of the season so far, and it goes without saying that Morelos has a few disciplinary problems that are costing his teammates dearly, as Chris Sutton has also suggested – Rangers have won just once from the six games that the 22-year-old has been absent for through suspension.
“I blame Morelos for Rangers’ season and where they’re languishing. Steven Gerrard says ‘we are here to win trophies’ but why did they get knocked out of the League Cup? Morelos wasn’t playing in the semi final.
“You look yesterday, you look against Dundee, you look at other games against Aberdeen this season where he has been sent off twice and that’s nine points they have dropped with no Morelos.
“The influence he has on the field is great for Rangers but he can’t control himself. That’s the reason Rangers are where they are – he has let his manager down.”
Undoubtedly, Morelos is a fans’ favourite at Ibrox thanks to his full-blooded displays and impressive knack of finding the back of the net, although there comes a time when his determination to get stuck in and assert himself crosses a line in terms of his professionalism.
His value to the team is clear – Morelos has scored 21 goals across all competitions so far this season, and Rangers wouldn’t be where they are in the table without him.
On the flip side, he has also cost them the chance to be better placed. Morelos’ temper cost him his place in the Scottish Cup semi-final, a game that Rangers lost to Aberdeen that they would’ve had a much better chance of winning with him on the pitch.
This may be unpopular, but it is definitely worth cashing in on a troublesome player who would certainly bring in a significant amount of money, and then look to reinvest that in a squad that is lacking a match winner aside from the young forward.
Second choice keeper Wes Foderingham looks set to leave in search of first team football, whilst first choice stopper Allan McGregor is 37 years of age and will surely need replacing soon.
It has been suggested that the Scottish giants are ‘spending money they don’t have’, and if that is the case, a large income from a player sale will be needed to fund an overhaul of a squad lacking top-class ability and one miles off the quality of table-topping Celtic – the Bhoys are now eight points clear of the Gers as a result of Morelos’ failure to behave himself and be available for the big games.
As previously mentioned, it won’t be a popular departure from Ibrox, but Rangers would be better placed cashing in on the temperamental Colombian forward and spending that money on reinforcing the team.