Rangers fans both love and hate the dirty side of Alfredo Morelos’ game, but former Ger Alex Rae believes the club must seek specialist help for the striker.
Rangers beat Aberdeen in dramatic fashion on Wednesday night, pulling five points clear of the Pittodrie Stadium outfit with a 4-2 win.
Morelos was once again the difference maker, as the 22 year-old opened the scoring by being in the right place at the right time, before showing his class with a cultured finish to add his second just before half time.
The feisty youngster was sent off before he could complete his hat-trick though, kicking out at Scott McKenna in an incident that saw both players receive straight red cards.
The Gers have since appealed the decision, as replays suggest McKenna was the aggressor, but this is still Morelos’ fourth red card of the season, and Rae’s comments are absolutely spot on.
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“You have to support him first and foremost, ” Rae, who made 34 league appearances for the Gers between 2004 and 2006, told Sky Sports.
“He’s out of his comfort zone, but he must learn from this. They have to get him specialist help to try and get an understanding because if they can get on top of this behaviour you have a hell of a player on your hands.
“In terms of what he brings to the football side of things, he’s absolutely tremendous. It’s not to curtail his aggression, but he’s got to get a lid on it.”
Well, what Rae is basically saying is that Morelos needs to be more like Diego Costa.
That might sound ridiculous for a player the Gers are trying to calm down, but Costa has received just four red cards in his entire career, the last of which coming all the way back in 2012 (Morelos has four this season alone).
The Spanish international is perhaps the most well-known “on-the-edge” type of player in the world, but he knows how to channel his aggression in the right way, using it to rile up the fans, harass defenders and influence the referee all without going over the top.
Rae, who was no stranger to a crunching tackle himself, is clearly a big fan of Morelos and even appreciates his nasty streak, but the Gers must take their former player’s advice if the Colombian is to fulfil his limitless potential.