Keith Hackett shares Alfredo Morelos verdict after incident in Rangers win v St Johnstone
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Former FIFA-listed referee Keith Hackett believes Willie Collum was right to award Alfredo Morelos a yellow card in Rangers’ 2-1 win over St Johnstone.
The Gers came from behind to claim all three points in Perth on Saturday as Kemar Roofe and James Tavernier struck second-half goals to send Steven Gerrard’s side top of the league.
Roofe’s successful spot-kick, however, saw hostilities flare-up between the two teams with Morelos in the thick of the action.
Liam Craig was sent tumbling for the home side and he and Morelos both received yellow cards after the unseemly incident.
Speaking to Ibrox News, Hackett has lended his backing to Collum’s decision, with the ex-Premier League official adamant that Morelos got what he deserved.
“If he wasn’t carded, he’d have been lucky,” Hackett said. “I wouldn’t give him any more than that.
“The reaction, and how the referee has dealt with it, is a great learning curve for any young referee. My compliments to the referee. He’s a top referee.”
That was Morelos’ first yellow card of the domestic season, in his fifth game in Scotland this term. It’s his second in eight games during the 2021/22 campaign, including European fixtures.
The 25-year-old is still working his way back to full fitness and form after his international exertions during the summer for Colombia, and he was substituted in the 78th minute against the Saints on Saturday.
In other Rangers news, Michael Stewart issues a thinly-veiled swipe at Bears after banners v St Johnstone.