Glasgow Rangers icon Barry Ferguson was left disappointed by Alfredo Morelos’ display last week, claiming the Ibrox ace lacked appetite for the battle and worrying it must be a big concern for Steven Gerrard.
With Cedric Itten and Kemar Roofe arriving at Ibrox this month, plus Jermain Defoe expected to return after the international break, the Colombia forward now has serious competition up front.
Ferguson, writing in the Daily Record, admitted he wasn’t happy with Morelos’ display against Livingston, expecting him to be more eager to prove himself.
“I like Morelos – I’ve stood up for him on many occasions – but I wasn’t happy with what I saw him at Livingston,” wrote Ferguson.
“I fully expected him to have the bit between the teeth again now that there is more competition for places.
“I expected him to send out the message, ‘I’m the No.9 here and nobody is taking my shirt!’.
“But on Sunday he didn’t look like he had any real appetite for the battle and that must be a big concern for the manager.”
While Morelos hit the ground running this season with two goals and two assists in his first two Scottish Premiership games, he could get neither in the following two games, and his performance against Livi was average at best.
Gerrard said earlier this month that he was sure Morelos “had his head turned” by speculation over his future and, although one mediocre display doesn’t mean the player’s heart is not in it any more, it wouldn’t be surprising to see more speculation in the coming weeks.