Rangers striker Jermain Defoe believes Alfredo Morelos will eventually calm down as he gets older.
The Colombia international was sent off after just half an hour against Celtic last weekend, which was his fifth dismissal of the season (although one red card was later rescinded).
Morelos lashed out in an off-the-ball incident with Scott Brown, and has since come under fire from fans, pundits and even manager Steven Gerrard.
As good as Morelos has been for Rangers, his discipline has always been his achilles heel – but Defoe believes his younger teammate is currently like an old teammate of his, but will curb his volatile nature.
He said, as quoted by Sky Sports: “You think about the best forwards – I mean Wayne Rooney had a little bit of that when he was young. I think it was a part of growing up.
“As you get older, you become more experienced and you realise you don’t need to get involved.”
A number of Rangers fans have simply run out of patience at this point to hope Defoe’s prediction does ring true.
Many feel as though the club would be better off without the hitman, who has 29 goals to his name so far this season.
It’s hard to argue with them – Morelos’ goals record at Ibrox is outstanding but his current personality makes him a total liability. He might come up with the goods a lot of the time, but he cannot ever be totally relied upon.
Morelos is far more short-tempered than Rooney ever was during his younger days, with the current DC United player having picked up six career red cards so far, and a serious change is required for him to ever reach the top level.