Rangers lost further ground in the race for the SPFL title on Sunday as St Johnstone scored an equaliser ten minutes from time to secure a result which looks certain to condemn Steven Gerrard and his players to another season in Celtic’s shadow.
Florian Kamberi inspired a second-half turnaround and provided Joe Aribo with an assist to put the Gers ahead with just shy of 20 minutes left to play, but the visitors failed to hold on and now sit 12 points adrift of the Hoops with a game in hand.
It’s no coincidence that Rangers’ struggle for results since returning from the winter break in Dubai has coincided with a tangible decline in Alfredo Morelos’ output.
The Colombia international hasn’t scored a single league goal in 2020 and is clearly struggling for confidence on the pitch.
And in the aftermath of the 2-2 draw on Sunday, plenty of supporters on Twitter vocalised their displeasure at Morelos’ form of late.
One fan suggested he is a liability while another criticised his body language, which has become increasingly concerning during his barren spell in front of goal.
I am disgusted. These players are not trying. I said three years ago that Morelos was a liability. He still is
— Rookie Astronaut 🏴🏴 (@AstronautMrs) February 23, 2020
Just too many have failed to perform since the break. One or two and you can live with that, but it’s nearly all of them. Morelos head has gone. All believing their own hype.
— Cambridge Bear (@scooterrangers) February 23, 2020
The other thing that is glaringly obvious is the dip in Morelos’s form. Something badly wrong there. Body language is awful.
— Colin Quinn (@realcolinquinn) February 23, 2020
Awful, And I really do think Morelos has had his time.. Ive always back him, but he's lost the passion
— KT (@xKTJx) February 23, 2020
It must be said, though, that Morelos recently opened up about the racist abuse he has suffered during his time in Scotland and it’s certainly plausible to suggest that he has become disillusioned after two-and-a-half years at the club.
Other fans, meanwhile, went a step further in their analysis.
One urged the club to sell the striker who has scored 29 goals in all competitions this season and others expressed similar sentiments, with concerns over his attitude and failure to step up at vital moments prompting suggestions of a summer exit.
sell morelos man, what a player kamberi
— Robbie Hannah (@robbie_hannah7) February 23, 2020
Hes let us down today but cant afford to lose him. Yes the leagues gone and he has to take a huge share of the blame but the team hes put together is half decent. We just need a centre half, left sided midfielder and centre forward to replace morelos who I'd be happy to sell
— Kamaradona (@FredMorelos1) February 23, 2020
Time to cash in on Morelos. Yes he scores goals but he has cost us as many points as he has won us over the past 2 seasons with red cards, stinking attitudes and a lack of even caring at times. With the money we can make on him we should be able to replace well.
— Stephen Hill (@SearchStephen) February 23, 2020
Agree mate he’s cost us badly in some vital games this season
— mr redwhite&blue (@Thomas87410484) February 23, 2020
In other news, a BBC pundit has suggested a Rangers ace has played his way into Steven Gerrard’s starting XI to face Braga on Thursday…