Rangers supporters are becoming frustratingly familiar with stories concerning Alfredo Morelos’ disciplinary issues.
Morelos went from hero to zero in a dramatic turn of events at Aberdeen on Wednesday evening. The Colombian marksman scored two first-half goals to give Rangers a 2-1 lead at the break, but he was sent off after 57 minutes following a clash with Scott McKenna.
It was an incident which has stirred something of a media frenzy, with Morelos’ inability to control himself on the field of play evoking huge feelings of frustration amongst the fanbase and throughout the football media.
Gordon Smith, the former Rangers director of football, weighed in on the incident while speaking to BBC’s Sportsound and couldn’t hide his dismay, as per BBC.
“He scored two excellent goals. The second is world class. Why does he have to get involved in other things? He’s a liability in that respect. Rangers have got to deal with it. He needs help with the behavioural side of his game.”
Well, as Smith has alluded to, professional help of some description would certainly be a wise place to start, but the alarming regularity of his acts of petulance point towards an unpredictable future.
Morelos, 22, is still maturing and learning about the game, but his short fuse is loud and clear for all to see. That in turn will force his opponents to poke away at him on a weekly basis in a bid to force an illegal reaction from him.
His reputation is unlikely to shift too dramatically even after a prolonged spell without a notable incident to report, and players will always be inclined to ruffle his feathers to provoke a reaction worthy of a red card.
If he is able to change, though, it could be game-changing in the context of his career ambitions.