BBC pundit: Alfredo Morelos will lose Old Firm fight with this 'old-fashioned' Celtic player
Former Celtic defender Alan Stubbs has tipped Shane Duffy to keep Alfredo Morelos quiet when Rangers make their way to Parkhead on Saturday.
Steven Gerrard’s side travel across Glasgow as the Scottish Premiership leaders and know that they can open up a four-point gap between themselves and the Bhoys with a victory.
It will be Duffy’s first Old Firm derby since joining Celtic from Brighton in the summer transfer window but BBC Sportsound pundit Stubbs claims the 28-year-old will have the measure of Morelos, 24, in his 10th meeting with the Hoops.
“He’ll relish the Alfredo Morelos confrontation at the weekend, as long as he keeps it in check and doesn’t get too involved,” Stubbs told the Scottish Sun.
“Morelos won’t have come up against a stronger centre-half in Scotland than Shane. You have to pick your fights, and I don’t think Morelos picking a fight with Shane is one the Rangers striker would win.
“He may win it in other aspects, but certainly not from a physical aspect.
“Shane’s such an asset in both boxes. He’s an old-fashioned throwback to a centre back. He will throw any part of his body on the line and that’s a great attribute to have.”
Duffy does represent an improvement upon the defenders that Celtic have had in recent years but he has never played in a game like this in his life.
Morelos hasn’t scored in an Old Firm and he will be desperate to break that duck this weekend and prove a lot of doubters wrong.
The Colombian has been off the boil for almost the whole of 2020 with transfer speculation surrounding his future at Ibrox.
Now that the transfer window has closed, Morelos has no choice but to get his head down and work hard to ensure he keeps performing well for Rangers and, for his sake, attract attention from top clubs in Europe.
Morelos will be up for the fight with Duffy and hopefully Stubbs is wrong about who the winner will be.
In other Rangers news, this Gers player has been tipped to move to the Premier League.