By Doug Ward

15th Dec, 2020 | 12:00pm

Derek McInnes slams Rangers player who 'Let himself down' with sideline antics

Derek McInnes has criticised Alfredo Morelos’ form for Rangers after the striker’s ineffective performance against Dundee United on Sunday.

Steven Gerrard’s side won 2-1 at Tannadice but were fortunate to finish the match with 11 men after a first-half incident saw Morelos, 24, booked for planting his forearm into Mark Connolly’s face.

Morelos could have easily been sent off and was branded as “crazy” by Gers legend Ally McCoist.

Away from the ill-discipline, Morelos also failed to score meaning his run of games without a goal in the Scottish Premiership extended to seven at Dundee United.

Stats by Wyscout show that the Colombia international had three shots at goal at Tannadice and failed to hit the target once.

Ex-Rangers midfielder and current Aberdeen manager McInnes has praised Morelos’ work-ethic but believes the striker’s performances inside the penalty area have declined.

“He’s not looked as instinctive as he’s shown previously,” said McInnes on Sky Sports Football after the match on Sunday.

“I do think he works hard. He gets in areas and gives defenders decisions to make. He’s certainly still having enough attempts on goal but it just doesn’t fall for him.

“It didn’t look as though it was going to be his day.

“He’s always there or thereabouts, he’s a handful, he likes to put himself about and with the incident there (with Connolly), he’s trying to use his physical attributes as well.

“It just didn’t look as though it was working for him.”

After he was substituted off and replaced by Cedric Itten in the second-half, Sky Sports’ cameras caught Morelos kicking a gate in the stand at Tannadice.

When asked if shows of petulance like that bother him, McInnes added: “I don’t think there are too many players who are happy to come off the pitch. I do think there are ways to show that and give off the perception he’s a team player and I think he does let himself down on that front.

“He’s clearly having his own battle with his own game at the minute.”

Trying too hard?

Morelos knows as much as anyone that his form has dropped off a cliff in 2020.

Last season, the ex-HJK striker netted 29 goals in 47 appearances but failed to score in any of Rangers’ eight Scottish Premiership matches between January 1 and the season being curtailed in March.

That barren run has now extended into this season with Morelos bagging three times in the league, with his last goal coming away at Hibernian in September.

Morelos is desperate to start performing again and we think that his performance against Dundee United on Sunday showed that he might be trying too hard.

In previous goal-ridden seasons at Ibrox, Morelos made it look effortless.

This season he’s looked laboured and as though he’s struggling. Surely a striker of his quality shouldn’t make it look so hard to score against Dundee United?

Morelos will rediscover his mojo at some point in the future but we hope it happens soon because that moment where the red mist descended in the first-half could happen again.

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