Time For Rangers To Sell Alfredo Morelos - Celtic Meltdown Must Be The Final Straw For Steven Gerrard
A talented player, especially one that scores goals, tends to be able to get away with most things in football.
If they keep producing the goods when it matters, fans and teammates will forgive a player the majority of indiscretions but there has to be a limit and Alfredo Morelos has now broken through that threshold.
A supremely talented forward, Morelos has been the key player for Rangers this season with his quality and goals in the final third ensuring that the Blue half of Glasgow have enjoyed a reasonable season under new coach Steven Gerrard.
It was always going to be a big ask to challenge Celtic for the title this term and so that has proved but building blocks for the future have been placed and plenty of that has been down to the feet of Morelos.
There is a major catch though with the 22-year-old with his petulance and lack of discipline costing him and his team on numerous occasions. Coaching staff and fans are inclined to forgive a young player for discipline problems, indeed Gerard himself had similar issues as a lad with Liverpool, but the problem at Ibrox is now getting close to untenable.
The top scorer in the Scottish Premiership he might be, but he isn't bigger than the team and he once again gave into his immature side this afternoon as he was sent off int he first half of the latest Old firm Derby against Celtic.
Morelos walked into the Scott Brown trap like a moth to the flame with a flailing elbow rightly punished with the red card.
The remaining Rangers players fought hard after being let down by their team mate but ultimately fell to a 2-1 defeat at Celtic Park in a result that all but ends the title race on Scotland.
A 5th red card of the season is completely inexcusable and now is the time for Rangers and Steven Gerrard to say no more with a player who clearly has no regard for those he plays with in the biggest match of the season. The former HJK striker has already missed four games through suspension this term with Rangers dropping four points in this games without their key striker and he could now face another four games on the sidelines due to his toddler like behaviour this afternoon.
The Colombian was a wanted man in the January transfer window and the suitors are sure to come knocking once again in the summer given his quality in front of goal. Rangers were rightly reluctant to part with their key man in the winter but now is the time for the club to make a stand and make sure Morelos is not part of the squad next season.
Taking down Celtic in Scotland is going to be a massive ask for The Germs and they will only do it with a united team of players who trust each other and regardless of quality, Morelos does not fit that bill.