Rangers managed to put their Old Firm nightmare from last week behind them yesterday, as they beat Hearts 2-1 at Ibrox. Goals from Jason Cummings and Daniel Candeias in the second half proved enough for the Glasgow side, despite a consolation strike from Christophe Berra.
After the nightmare v Celtic last week there was always expected to be some fallout this weekend. It quickly became apparent that Rangers boss Graeme Murty had wielded the axe on several players who were involved in the controversy of last weekend. Andy Halliday and Kenny Miller were nowhere to be seen, the latter suspended by the club. Meanwhile, Greg Docherty and Alfredo Morelos, who had to be separated on the pitch last week, were both dropped to the bench.
The latter certainly did not seem to take it well. The Colombian irked Rangers fans further with his appearance on the bench.
The 21-year-old sat on the bench at Ibrox with a face of a kid who had his Christmas presents taken away. The grumpy striker continued to look disinterested and moody when warming up and fans and pundits did not find his inner rage subtle.
When Rangers did call on Morelos he came on and missed a great chance. Whether his poor attitude and mindset had anything to do with it is mere conjecture, but a correlation can certainly be put together by intrepid fans.
It now looks increasingly as if Rangers made a mistake not selling Morelos in the winter. Chinese side Beijing Renhe were chasing his signature with reported bids of £9 million and £11 million being touted – as reported by the Scottish Sun.
Rangers rejected the approaches, instead insisting on keeping the Colombian who has scored 18 goals for the club this season.
The goals have since dried up and his attitude has been a distraction at Ibrox. Rangers should have cashed in on the attacker when they had the chance. Hopefully, he can go on to find his best form in Glasgow again next season, under whatever management structure Rangers have.
But based on his recent form and behaviour, if £11 million was on the table from China, Rangers were foolish not to take it.