By Doug Ward

17th Sep, 2021 | 4:10pm

Stephen Craigan slams 'Stupid' Alfredo Morelos in Rangers loss v Lyon

Stephen Craigan blasted Alfredo Morelos for his “needless” yellow card as Rangers lost 2-0 to Lyon at Ibrox on Thursday night.

Steven Gerrard’s men saw their poor form in Europe continue as they lost their opening Europa League group stage fixture on home soil in Glasgow.

It was a frustrating night and it seemed to boil over for Morelos in the 75th minute as he was booked for dissent after the referee showed Joe Aribo a yellow card for what was a blatant foul.

Speaking on BT Sport 3 on Thursday night, Alex Rae said: “It looks like he’s been done for dissent,” said

Fellow BT pundit Craigan then replied: “It’s a stupid booking if it is from Alfredo Morelos but there’s no doubt that heavy touch from Joe Aribo is a bookable offence.

“He lunged into the tackle and then Morelos gets himself involved.

“It’s been a difficult night but don’t get a needless yellow card that will affect you later on in the tournament.”

Frustrated Morelos

Can any Rangers player really say that they’ve started this season as well as they should have?

Almost all of our big hitters from last season have been sub-par while Morelos has started to look more like the Morelos from 2020 with just three goals in nine appearances across all competitions.

The 25-year-old’s goals have come against Alashkert, Malmo and Ross County – hardly an amazing bunch of teams – so when is he going to start stepping it up in the tougher games?

Morelos is known to lose his temper quickly and he has definitely made improvements in that regard.

His booking on Thursday night could have happened to anyone really but he was complaining about what was a very clear foul and yellow card for Aribo.

He just wanted a moan, it seemed.

Everyone needs to get better as soon as possible otherwise the fight for silverware this season will be way tougher than it needs to be.

In other Rangers news, this SNP politician calls for the Gers to be banned after an “abomination” this week.