Is Alfredo Morelos Rangers’ star man or merely a liability? Could he be both at the same time?
The Colombian striker has been in prolific form this season but he’s tallied almost as many cards as goals. While netting 17 times for Steven Gerrard’s side, Morelos has been booked on 13 occasions and was sent off for the third time already in 2018/19 on Wednesday night.
He left his teammates with a mountain to climb against Derek McInnes’ Aberdeen with Rangers eventually paying the price for Morelos’ ill-discipline, going down 1-0 at home to The Dons.
And, speaking to Jim White on talkSPORT (6 December, 11.45am), former Rangers midfielder Charlie Adam believes that Gerrard has a tough decision to make about a player who’s temperament is getting in the way of his talent.
“He’s letting everyone down, he’s letting his fans down, he’s letting the manager down and himself down,” Adam said.
“He’s scored 17 goals this season and with the amount of games he’s missed he should’ve scored more.
“His ill-discipline is costing him and costing the team. There’s got to be a point where the club and Steven have to go and say ‘sort yourself out or you won’t play’.
“He’s their best player, he’s scored goals but he’s got to learn quick. Eventually Steven will say ‘we have to get rid of him’.”
‘El Bufalo’ has certainly resembled a bull in a china shop in some games this season.
Gerrard admitted that Morelos reminds him of his former Liverpool teammate Luis Suarez (Sky Sports) and it is clear to see why. The Uruguayan is a prolific goalscorer but has a rather impressive rap sheet after a number of high-profile controversies.