Steven Gerrard has claimed in his Rangers press conference – as quoted by the Gers official Twitter account – that Alfredo Morelos has learnt from his mistakes while being suspended.
Morelos, 22, was suspended for four matches after elbowing Scott Brown in the most recent Old Firm derby. It saw the Colombia international miss two games against Hearts, as well as wins over Motherwell and Aberdeen.
In his absence, Rangers have won four league games on the spin. Scoring 11 goals, Rangers have only conceded one and have reduced the gap at the top of the Scottish Premiership to nine points.
Asked about Morelos – who is set to return this weekend as the Gers take on Hibernian – Gerrard claimed Morelos had learnt from his suspension while sitting on the sidelines.
“Alfredo is one who doesn’t hide it well when he is suspended as he loves playing football,” Gerrard said. “I’m sure he has learnt a lot in the last few weeks and hopefully we see that for the remainder of the season if and when he is given an opportunity.”
Morelos has picked up 15 yellow cards and five red cards this season. Yes, he has scored 29 times and laid on 11 assists. But is his lack of discipline worth his goals?
The former HJK Helsinki striker has to be given an ultimatum. One more chance to show he can hack it and be the bigger person when opposition look to wind him up.
The first sign of him failing that, and Rangers should sell him – or bench him. It helps that Jermain Defoe is now on fire, having scored seven goals and laid on seven more since joining on loan from Bournemouth.