Rangers forward Alfredo Morelos is fast becoming one of the most divisive players in European football. 

For those of us who love him and his remarkable goalscoring exploits, there really is nobody like him.

Razor sharp in front of goal, wonderfully talented when it comes to winding up the opposition, he’s an Ibrox legend in the making.

But there is of course another side to Morelos, and he showed it again on Sunday in the most frustrating of circumstances.

To get sent off in an Old Firm is bad enough, but to do it by diving in the dying seconds when you’re through on goal and the game is already won is, at best, absolutely baffling.

But it’s important that there are two sides to every story, and it’s possible to acknowledge how brilliant Morelos is on the field while still wanting his discipline to improve.

And this was the point that pundit Michael Stewart made when he took to Twitter on Tuesday afternoon.

Writing on his personal account, he said: “First of all Alfredo Morelos is a top player who is improving all the time and clearly a good guy to those people that know him, all of this doesn’t mean that he’s some sort of innocent victim.

“His behaviour and antics on the football pitch have been unacceptable at times and the gesture at the end of a great result and performance at Parkhead were ill advised.

“Equally though this shouldn’t mean that his good work off the park should be ignored.

“He’s done really well this season to improve his discipline but the problem resurfaced on Sunday under extreme pressure.

“Morelos is clearly a flawed but he’s only human. So like most things there’s two side to the story and one side doesn’t mean the other should be ignored.”

Whether you think Morelos has every acted unacceptably, or rather just petulantly, is a matter of debate, but there’s no doubting that his discipline has been an issue.

If he can sort it out – and for a long time it looked as if he had – then he could become a player who is remembered with alongside some of the modern greats who have pulled on the Light Blue shirt.

In other news, Noel Whelan blasts ‘infuriating’ Rangers ace who drives him ‘mad’.


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