Glasgow Rangers striker Jermain Defoe has waxed lyrical about Ibrox teammate Alfredo Morelos, in conversation with the Beautiful Game podcast.
Morelos is one of the Scottish Premiership’s standout talents, having weighed in with an impressive 77 goals and 29 assists for Rangers since his move to Ibrox from HJK Helsinki in 2017.
The Colombia international’s goals have helped Rangers climb back into the upper echelons of the Scottish Premiership table and mount title challenges in the past few years.
However, Defoe thinks that a reputation of poor discipline is still holding his teammate back in terms of interest from other clubs despite having improved on that front over the past 12 months.
“It is up to him really,” the 37-year-old told the Beautiful Game podcast. “He scores a lot of goals up here. He gets himself into good areas and he is hungry to score goals and has an appetite, which I like.
“The thing that goes against him is his reputation. You would like to think people would take a chance on him but it is his reputation! You don’t want to get a player who gets sent off and misses games when you have invested so much money in somebody.
“If he can get his head down this season, kick on again and show people he has changed because the football side is fine. It is the other side.”
While Morelos has been one of Scottish football’s top talents in recent years, it’s true that perhaps a reputation for having poor discipline has perhaps held him back in terms of interest from other clubs.
Defoe did also mention of how difficult it must be at times from Morelos, who is 5,000 miles from home and “on his own” – and although he’s been impressive for a number of years, you can’t forget he’s just 24.
Next season, hopefully Morelos will show he’s completely stamped out whatever disciplinary issues may have remained, continue scoring goals by the bucketload, and finally earn all the recognition he deserves.