Rangers forward Alfredo Morelos was again on the receiving end of sharp criticism following his early dismissal during yesterday’s Old Firm tie at Parkhead.
With boss Steven Gerrard saying how he “can’t defend” him anymore following his fifth red card of the season, Morelos looks set to miss four Scottish Premiership games – more than half of Rangers’ remaining fixtures for the season.
And the 22-year-old made the headlines in his native Colombia for all the wrong reasons, less than a week after being handed his first start for his national side in their friendly defeat to South Korea.
Football website Marca criticised the Cerete-born forward, saying how he ‘doesn’t learn’ following “yet another dismissal” in a Rangers jersey, while AS detailed that , while his goals have led him to receive widespread recognition, his red cards this season have become something of a “common factor”.
So much so that Morelos has become “one of the Colombian players with the most red cards in Europe”, despite the fact that others on the list are “defenders or wing-backs, who are more exposed to this situation than an attacker” like the Rangers forward.
To illustrate this, they provide a table showing Morelos occupying third position in the list of most red-carded Colombians in Europe behind ex Milan defender Mario Yepes and Barcelona centre-half Jeison Murillo.
With the big difference being that the players above him on the list have “accumulated red cards over the course of their careers with different teams, while Morelos has reached this record in a single season with Rangers”.
Gol Caracol (under the headline of ‘Morelos sees red’) reported the dismissal by mentioning how Morelos “was only on the pitch for 31 minutes”. A sending off which left him firmly “in the eye of the hurricane” following Rangers 2-1 defeat to Celtic.
With website Pasto Extra detailed how Morelos “continues to make headlines in Europe, however they are not the kind that his current club wanted and as such there will be consequences” in respect to yesterday’s Old Firm derby.
While, under the headline of ‘no more marmalade’ (ie support), detailed how his sending off deemed “one he could have avoided” and which “really annoyed his manager”.
And Colombian newspaper La Razon ran with the headline “Morelos sent off for elbow in the face of a rival”, detailing how the striker has received “a blanket of criticism in Scotland for his strong temperament on the park”.
They mention that Morelos while has won the respect of his teammates and fellow pro’s for his goal-scoring ability, his performances have been affected by the one big “stain” in his game that is “his behaviour”.
And with “all eyes pointed” at the Colombian, we now await “the sanctions determined by the league and his possible departure to another club at the end of the season.”
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