Rangers know that they have a special talent on their hands in Alfredo Morelos. 

The Colombian has been producing the kind of superhuman goalscoring statistics that most strikers can only dream of since arriving in Glasgow, and this season has been no exception.

With 28 goals already this season at a rate of one strike every 84 minutes, as per Transfermarkt, the South American is arguably the most dangerous striker in Scotland by some distance.

As a point of reference, Celtic hitman Odsonne Edouard has one goal every 157 minutes for the Hoops this term, as per Transfermarkt.

But there is also a downside to Morelos’ game too.

His disciplinary record leaves a lot to be desired, and the 23-year-old was dismissed five times last season for various reasons.

By comparison, he started this year in a much better temperament, but did see red twice in December, prompting worries from pundit Alan Hutton that he could be regressing into old habits.

Speaking to Football Insider, he said: “It’s just reared its ugly head again, the nonsense side of it.

“He’s struggled for goals against Celtic which is well documented. He looked a little frustrated, he looked like he was desperate to score, taking shots from 40 yards when he could have just slipped people in.

“You can see the frustration building and it’s just the other stuff that really lets him down. The second yellow card he looked a little bit disgruntled because maybe he thought it was a foul before.

“At the start of the season I thought he’d turned a corner. He was getting involved in less of these incidents. Against Celtic, he just seemed a little bit back in his old ways.

“He looked that little bit on edge. These are things as a player you need to deal with because you’re going to hurt your own team, it’s one of these where you’re affecting the team with your silliness.”

You can understand why Hutton, as a lifelong Rangers fans himself, is irked by this.

Morelos is exceptional, plain and simple, but he’s no use to anybody if he’s not on the pitch scoring goals, and he’s much less likely to do that if he’s missing every fourth or fifth match because of suspension.

You can argue that he’s been unfairly targeted at times, and you’d be absolutely right, but the fact of the matter is that there are still times, like when he got himself sent off for diving in the late stages against Celtic in December’s Old Firm, when the blame has to fall at his feet.

If he can eradicate this one misdemeanour from his game, he will truly be the best player in the country by quite some distance.

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