Steven Gerrard has claimed that Alfredo Morelos didn’t elbow Mark Connolly during Rangers’ 2-1 win over Dundee United on Sunday.
Morelos was booked in the first half after a mistimed challenge against the United defender as it appeared the Colombian moved his elbow towards Connolly’s face.
Speaking after the game, Gerrard defended his striker after it appeared that Morelos had gotten away with what could be viewed as a red card offence.
Gerrard was asked if he had spoken to Morelos about the incident and is quoted by Glasgow Times as saying, “Why would I speak to him about that? I didn’t see an elbow. If you look at him again, there’s no elbow there. The referee saw it and dealt with it.
“It was a foul and a yellow card and it’s been dealt with. But if you look at it again, next time I see you you’ll say it wasn’t an elbow.”
Despite Gerrard’s comments, it certainly looked as if Morelos was trying to hurt the Dundee defender as he never had eyes for the ball he was ‘challenging’ for.
The Colombian had another afternoon to forget after spurning a number of chances to grab himself an elusive goal.
Some Gers fans wanted him substituted him at half time with one branding the forward as a ‘liability’.
Morelos is testing the patience of Rangers fans at the moment as he is currently looking like a wasted shirt upfront and his latest antics will have done him no favours in the eyes of some Gers fans.
Without a league goal since October, will Gerrard decide to bench Morelos in the next few games with Cedric Itten and Jermain Defoe waiting in the wings?
Sunday’s win showed the nasty side of Morelos’ game that we haven’t seen for a while and there would’ve been few complaints if he had seen red for his challenge.
Perhaps it is time for Morelos to be dropped as surely the defence and midfield won’t carry on scoring in place of the attack forever.
In other Rangers news, some Gers fans were blown away by one player during Sunday’s win over Dundee.