Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Gerrard's personal experience can help Morelos overcome disciplinary issues

If Rangers are to reclaim the Scottish Premiership title, it’s already clear that Alfredo Morelos will need to make a huge contribution.

But it’s also clear that Steven Gerrard will have to do some work with his talisman in order to ensure that suspensions do not prevent him from being on the pitch long enough to drive the Gers towards the title.

Three red cards before Christmas means something needs to change in Morelos’ head; otherwise, Rangers simply will not have the firepower or momentum to get where they want to be this season.

Thankfully for Rangers, Steven Gerrard could well be the perfect manager to get through to him. The former Liverpool captain struggled badly with discipline in the early part of his career, like Morelos.

(Michael Steele /Allsport)

Celtic strike Premier Sports deal - is this the "additional value" we've been waiting for?

For Gerrard, it was his tackling he couldn’t control. His will to win and prove himself at his boyhood club spilled over into uncontrolled aggression and led to a spate of red cards.

Morelos’ issues are different – he cannot help himself responding to provocation – but there are similarities in the sense that discipline is becoming a weakness that opponents can exploit to negate an otherwise hugely promising player.

But Gerrard can empathise with his star striker, as well as providing a real life example of what can be achieved when discipline improves; and that’s exactly what Morelos needs right now.

Have something to tell us about this article?
Let us know

You may also like…