Kris Commons urges Steven Gerrard to act on Alfredo Morelos issues

2.1.2016. Celtic Park, Glasgow, Scotland. Scottish Premier League. Celtic versus Partick Thistle. Kris Commons volleys from the edge of the box

Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos has earned huge criticism of late.

2.1.2016. Celtic Park, Glasgow, Scotland. Scottish Premier League. Celtic versus Partick Thistle. Kris Commons volleys from the edge of the box

Pundit Kris Commons has told the Scottish Daily Mail (11/02/2019, The Verdict, page 16) that he thinks Rangers boss Steven Gerrard needs to take a harder stance with Alfredo Morelos.

Morelos has been a divisive figure ever since joining Rangers from Finnish side HJK Helsinki in 2017, though you can't deny his goalscoring ability.

The Colombian hit 18 goals in 43 outings last season, and has been even better under Gerrard, racking up 23 goals in 38 games this term.

 

That has seen Morelos become a wanted man around Europe, but his shocking disciplinary record means that he has somehow managed to pick up 15 yellow cards and four reds this season.

Last week, Morelos was sent off against Aberdeen for the third time this term, as he was adjudged to have kicked out on Aberdeen defender Scott McKenna.

That means Morelos is once again serving a suspension, and whilst Jermain Defoe can step in, Morelos is becoming a problem with his hot streaks.

Now, pundit Commons has suggested that Morelos is an 'accident waiting to happen', and having stood by him and defended him this season, he thinks it's time for boss Gerrard to finally take action.

Alfredo Morelos of Rangers and Steven Gerrard, Manager of Rangers embrace during the UEFA Europa League Group G match between Rangers and SK Rapid Wien at Ibrox Stadium on October 4, 2018...

Commons noted that Pedro Caixinha's comments about needing to wind Morelos up in order to get him to retaliate are still true to this day, and Gerrard needs to act now because his issues are 'unsustainable' for the Gers.

“He’s an accident waiting to happen and it’s time that Steven Gerrard got a serious grip of him. It needs to stop,” said Commons. “Gerrard has stood by Morelos time and time again. But he is only human and, eventually, he is bound to run out of patience.”

“A quote from Pedro Caixinha crossed my mind over the weekend. Caixinha made the point that, if he was an opposition manager, he would tells his players to wind Morelos up because he’s a clown who’ll get himself sent off. Now, almost 18 months down the line, what’s changed? Gerrard must know that it’s unsustainable for things to carry on like this,” he added.

Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha is seen prior to the Betfred League Cup Quarter Final at Firhill Stadium on September 19, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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