By Doug Ward

21st Aug, 2022 | 7:40am

Alfredo Morelos incident 'unforgivable' as BBC Sportscene shares Rangers footage after incident v Hibernian

Steven Thompson has blasted Alfredo Morelos for his “unforgivable” red card in Rangers’ 2-2 draw away at Hibernian at Easter Road on Saturday.

Morelos, 26, was shown a straight red card by referee Willie Collum after he seemed to swing an arm at Marijan Cabraja’s face in the 75th minute, 13 minutes after he was substituted into the game.

Rangers were 2-1 up at the time and already down to 10 men after the disgraceful sending off of John Lundstram nine minutes prior.

Josh Campbell’s stoppage-time goal secured a point for Hibs and Thompson believes Morelos’ incident was bourne out of frustration.

“Morelos has cut a frustrated figure of late coming off the bench,” said Thompson on BBC Sportscene on Saturday night (20 August, 14m59s).

“Colak’s playing and scoring goals.

“He came on today, had a point to prove and with minutes to go, he does this.

“It’s unforgivable really.”

Michael Stewart agreed with Thompson and added that Morelos thought he was going to start that game against Hibs after failing to start any games so far this season in all competitions.

Stewart said: “The thing for me is with Alfredo Morelos, I’m convinced he was thinking he was going to start that game.

“PSV during the week, PSV next week and he’ll be looking thinking, ‘I’ll play that because I need games, the manager’s going to give me a start’.

“He’s not playing and that’s pure frustration. It’s pure frustration and that’s what happened in the earlier part of his Rangers career.

“Rangers weren’t winning things, there were games they were losing, he was getting frustrated, he was lashing out and that there is a perfect example of not being happy.

“There’s no defence for it. He deserves his red card and he’s going to be in a difficult position.”


What goes through Morelos’ head sometimes?

Collum had a shocker of a game as referee in Rangers versus Hibs – but you cannot argue with his decision to send Morelos off.

He’ll miss a couple of games now and will only frustrate himself even more if his dumb behaviour was caused by being benched yet against by van Bronckhorst.

But who can blame the manager for overlooking Morelos lately?

He’s yet to sign a new contract with his existing deal expiring next year, he’s recently returned from a long-term injury and Antonio Colak is playing very well.

He shouldn’t be starting, in all honesty.

If someone comes in with a big bid for Morelos before the summer transfer window closes then we wouldn’t be shocked if Rangers accept it now.

Morelos simply cannot cope with not being the first-choice striker at Ibrox and cannot cope unless absolutely everything is going his way.

He’s been a great servant to the club and will even go down as a modern-day legend.

But it cannot be left to get ruined because if anyone’s going to ruin his legacy at Ibrox, it’ll be El Bufalo.

In other Rangers news, this Ibrox star has been dubbed as a realistic late summer signing for Aston Villa.