Chris Sutton has raised question marks over whether Rangers boss Steven Gerrard is still able to handle Alfredo Morelos following recent disciplinary problems.
The Colombian seemingly turned over a new leaf at the start of the season, with just two bookings in his first 16 league games, but he has picked up two red cards since then and Sutton is concerned by how Gerrard is dealing with the situation:
“Alfredo Morelos was sent off after diving at Parkhead and it brought a costly suspension, yet he did it again at Killie. In fact, he did it twice and could have been sent off. Is Morelos actually listening to what his manager is telling him? Is he telling him anything? Either he’s not or he’s being ignored. Either way, that’s not good.”
Sutton is making too much of the issue. Morelos’s disciplinary record has massively improved compared to last season. This year, the 23-year-old has had six yellow cards, and two red cards in all competitions. Last campaign, he picked up sixteen cautions and five red cards in total.
Considering the amount of provocation he faces away from Ibrox, the Colombian international should be praised for the level of restraint he has shown compared to last season, and there’s no doubt that Gerrard has had an influence on the player.