Arthur Numan drops 'annoyed' Alfredo Morelos stance, predicts Michael Beale 'frustration'
Arthur Numan believes that Michael Beale’s “frustration” is growing when it comes to Alfredo Morelos’ future at Rangers.
The Colombian is yet to put pen to paper on a new contract and has fallen behind Antonio Colak in the pecking order in recent weeks.
Numan has been “annoyed” with the 26-year-old’s attitude at times and admits a dressing room of a bygone era would not have allowed his antics.
“It was a very honest assessment from Michael. I would suggest there is frustration from the manager towards Alfredo and I totally understand why,” said Numan (Daily Record, 16 March).
“I’ve been to a few games this season and I was annoyed with his attitude on the park, particularly in the Viaplay Cup Final defeat to Celtic. I wanted him to give more.
“If he was in our dressing room 20 or 25 years ago under Dick Advocaat or Alex McLeish, we wouldn’t have needed the manager to step in – the dressing room would have taken control. We wouldn’t have allowed any slackness and demanded much more from him.”
End is near
It’s fair to say Morelos’ Rangers career is now reaching its conclusion.
If he was to sign a new deal, it would have happened by now. He’s had plenty of highs and a lot of lows, but, on the whole, he’s been a superb piece of business from the club.
The Colombian was signed for £1m and has gone on to score 122 goals and register 57 assists in 261 games. Even if he does depart the club for free, he’s more than shown his worth. He’s at an age where he will believe one more big contract is in the offing.
It will be interesting to see where the striker does end up. He’s prolific, but whether he has the ability to play in one of Europe’s top five leagues is certainly up for debate.
As the season draws to a conclusion, the Colombian must ensure he continues to perform. He’s been impressive under Beale and it would be fitting if he could leave Ibrox with at least one more trophy on his resume.